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The best player in the NBA has the most on the line.
LeBron James is chasing basketball history—trying to catch up first to Kobe Bryant and second to Michael Jordan and hoping to be arguably called the G.O.A.T., the greatest of all time, when his career ends.
Plus, he's got to back up that ridiculous boast, though if James wants to fulfill the legacy he is after, he probably will need to win seven championships.
He's on pace actually, as detailed by USA Today's Tim McGarry,
With the Miami Heat's Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James earned his second career NBA title. He now has four MVPs, two rings and two Finals MVPs. And he’s only 28 years old. As a point of reference, Michael Jordan had two MVPs, one title and one Finals MVP by the time he was 28.
James is behind Jordan considerably, though, statistically and in league leaderships. Jordan was also a supreme defender and had a gutsier heart.
There's no time to waste for The King.
He's getting there, having shown some mettle since the Heat's Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11.
Some believe he is already there, just behind in rings, such as Bleacher Report's Peter Emerick, who dares you to break down "why Michael Jordan will never be LeBron James."
This will be an interesting year for the Heat. If they three-peat, becoming the first team to do so since Bryant's Lakers and Jordan's Bulls, it raises the possibility James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (or similar supporting players) will continue to call (or find themselves calling) Miami home.
The Big Three have early termination options followed by player options the next two seasons.
If the Heat disintegrate or fall flat in 2013-14, the greater the possibility this team is broken up. Dwyane Wade's health and play decline is also a factor.
Would all three take another pay cut?
Would that be worth, literally, six or seven titles?
James would do it. He makes tons of money anyway—his NBA salary is a pittance compared to the money he makes in endorsements.
Expect LeBron to eventually retire in Miami. It's just that there may be a change of the guard around him depending on how 2013-14 goes.