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Should LeBron James have a ring? Probably so. Does he need to win one to get the monkey off his back? Absolutely. Does he need one to be remembered as one of the all-time greats? Absolutely not.
James averages 28.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per playoff game in his career. He's been to two NBA Finals, losing one to the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 and one to the Dallas Mavericks last postseason. Those, along with his impressive stats, are enough to guarantee Hall-of-Fame status and probably Top 10 of all time consideration as well.
However, forget whether you agree with that point. The problem is that both sides of that argument are sick of hearing the same old storyline about how James shrinks in the clutch and must win a ring to validate himself as a basketball player. It's old and tiring.
Unfortunately, probably the only way this will die is if James wins a ring.