Even though he is considered the greatest basketball player of all time, LeBron James doesn’t like to talk about his progress toward becoming the best basketball player. However, during a recent episode of his show “More Than An Athlete,” James finally shared his thoughts on the GOAT conversation.
James said that one moment of his career made him feel like he was deserving of that title. That moment was defeating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals and winning the first NBA championship in the history of the Cavaliers. He said:
“That moment right there made me the greatest player of all-time, that’s what I felt. I was super, super ecstatic to win one for Cleveland because of the 52-year drought. The first wave of emotion was everyone saw me crying. That was all for 52 years of everything in sports going on in Cleveland. And then after I stopped, I was like, ‘That one right there made you the greatest player of all-time.’”
He went on to say:
“Everybody was talking about how they were the greatest team of all-time, the greatest team ever assembled. And for us to come back, the way we came back in that fashion. I was like, ‘You did something special.’ That’s like one of the only times in my career that I felt like, ‘Oh, shit. You did something special.’ I haven’t had time to really sit back and think about that. That was a moment.”
After that game back in 2016, James told Cavaliers teammates and coaches this:
“Hey, by the way, they f***** up mentally and physically. I’m telling you. They f***** up.”
James was confident that he was getting the win for his team that year. And what an amazing win it was. Even though he left the Cavaliers earlier this year, Cleveland will forever be thankful for what LeBron did for them.