Now that LeBron James got the championship monkey off his back, the media pressure on ringless NBA players will shift around the league. While none of these players will face an iota of the pressure, vitriol and hate that LeBron faced in his quest for a championship, they will face ridicule should they fail to get a ring.
It's long been a tradition to unfairly penalize those superstars who don't have a ring. Charles Barkley was the best player in the NBA not named Michael Jordan for several years, yet his legacy will forever be dominated by his lack of an NBA championship. The same thing applies for all-time great players like Patrick Ewing, John Stockton and Karl Malone.
We all saw what a difference a ring makes for a player's legacy last year. When Dirk Nowitzki got his first ring, he was propelled into the greatest power forward of all time debate.
The following players are all established superstars in this league, all possessing a big contract, a big name and a whole lot of game. Neither of them have a ring yet, and as the years pass by they will receive harsh criticism and see their legacies tarnished should they fail to win one.