It's now virtually indisputable: LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet.
He owns four of the top 11 single-season player efficiency ratings in the history of the NBA. He is the only player in history to average at least 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a season while shooting at least 55 percent from the field. And on Sunday, he will win his fourth MVP award in five seasons.
In fact, LBJ is so good, we really need to figure out how to LeBron-proof the NBA.
Remember Tiger-proofing? Right after Tiger Woods won his first Masters going away, golf courses on the PGA Tour literally changed their tee and pin positioning to "make the course fair for all golfers."
They didn't think it was good for the sport that one guy was so much better than everybody else…even though golf ratings were never higher. To this day, I'd guess a vast majority of golf fans still want to know Tiger's score before anyone else's—despite Mr. Woods' oh-so-public squandering of his limitless cache of goodwill years ago.
LeBron admittedly has, like Tiger, fallen off his pedestal, albeit in a vastly less ignoble manner. But just as Tiger's dominance coincided with golf's zenith of post-Nicklaus-and-Palmer popularity, LeBron's dominance has helped the NBA transition to a new generation without missing a beat.
Moreover, his presence has made the Miami Heat the best basketball team on the planet as well. The Heat are the prohibitive favorite to win the NBA Championship for a second straight year, and they're the first team to win 27 straight games since before the three-point shot was implemented.
So for anyone rooting for the 29 franchises LeBron doesn't suit up for, here are some rule changes that might level the playing field a bit.