2010 NBA Finals: Success Is Measured in Championships, Not Triple Doubles

Chad VarndellContributor IJune 3, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers wipes the sweat from his face in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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When Lebron James was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003, he was hailed as the next big thing in professional basketball. People were immediately making comparisons to Michael Jordan and he even donned Jordan's #23 jersey. His combination of size and speed made him an impossible match up, much like M.J.

As we approach the free agent season of 2010, the media has said this may be one of the greatest free agent classes in history. At the supposed head of this list is Lebron James. The Lebron James "sweepstakes" if you will. Call me crazy, but I think James is way overrated.

In terms of just statistics, yes Lebron is the best overall player in the NBA. However, why has no one ever questioned his drive to win? In my opinion, he is not the fiercest competitor I have seen. The Cavaliers have held the best record in the NBA the last two seasons with nothing to show but an Eastern Conference finals appearance in one of the two years.

I hear players bring up the same point when they enter free agency. They want to go to a place where there are pieces in place to win a championship. Lebron has also stated this is also his desire when choosing a team. Honestly, if he chooses to go anwhere but Cleveland then he should be considered a liar because he has had the most talented team in the league for two straight years. What else would you consider a team that has dominated the NBA's regular season the last two years?

Ultimately though, success is measured in NBA championships. Michael Jordan has six championships, Lebron has zero and only one finals appearance in seven years. Both played on great teams, Jordan just had the desire to close and the desire to win.

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