Why LeBron James Will Be The Greatest Of All Time When It's All Over

Mike JamesContributor IJuly 26, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 12:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes through his pregame ritual of applying powder to his hands and throwing it up in the air against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 12, 2008 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In this article I am going to help many of you understand why going to Miami was the best decision for Lebron. At first I felt like many of you that he should have stayed in Cleveland or gone to Chicago so he could be the man and the only focal point of the team. As I come to my senses I realize my thinking like many out there is flawed and backwards.

Lebron is the best player in the NBA and I really don't think there's much debate on this topic. He is taking a lot of criticism for leaving Cleveland and going to a team that has a future hall of famer and an all star. Let's break this part down and then see if it's logical to be upset because Lebron joined two other all stars.

When the Lakers won in the 80's Magic had two other hall of famers on that roster being Kareem and Worthy. Let's do hot tub time machine for a minute. If Lebron went back in time and he went to the Lakers to play with Kareem and Worthy would he be considered less than or would he be considered one of the greats like Magic?

Let's team Lebron up with the scoring Champion Shaq of 10 years ago and the Zen master Phil Jackson. Now would Lebron still be seen as selling out because he went to LA to play with Shaq and for Phil Jackson the greatest basketball coach of all time?

We all want more from Lebron than any other superstar that has ever played the game. We feel he should be able to do what no other superstar has ever done and that's win it all without another all star let alone future hall of famer on the team. Every great player that we consider one of the greats had at least one and in some cases three hall of famers on their team. I think the reason we want more because we know this guy has what it takes to be the greatest of all time.

Leaving Cleveland will be the best thing for Lebron and his game. He will grow more as a player and be even better for it. He was worshipped in Cleveland and could do no wrong. He wasn't challenged enough because he was everything to that team. He led them in steals, blocks, rebounds, assist, and points in the playoffs. I don't think any other player has ever done that so I think he was taking for granted and needed teammates around him that would challenge him to continue to grow as a player. He wasn't going to get that and leaving was his best move.

The game 5 tune out was not a pretty picture but there was something clearly going on with him and Mike Brown and Lebron did what Kobe did in game 7 against the Suns in 2006 he made his point. If you look at my archives you will see that I ripped Lebron but I also said he and Mike Brown are on different pages and one or both of them would not be back no matter how the series ended.

Lebron didn't choke in the series as some of the haters will say. He put up great numbers for any other player not named Lebron and played great defense on Paul Pierce with Pierce saying so himself in the Orlando series. Even his last game was 27 19 10 but not enough and yes he did have 8 or 10 turn overs but he was criticized for quiting. Do you see the standard Lebron is held to? No one else in the NBA is held to a higher standard to perform not even Kobe Bryant. Kobe's finals game 6-24  7 turnovers but because he had 15 rebounds he found a way to help his team win? The difference he had a team that was good enough to win when Kobe was hurting the team.

Lebron signed a three year deal the last time around and Bosh and Wade followed his lead to give themselves options when they became free or unemployed again. Because most people have a employee mentality and are not business owners they don't understand and can't appreciate the employees now becoming like the owners and calling the shots.

Wade wasn't the story in free agency or Bosh but it was Lebron James because he had the cards. Players wanted to wait to see what Lebron was going to do before they made their decision. Why did these stars in the own right want to wait to see what Lebron was going to do? If he's a loser and a quiter, and will never be a champion. Why did these teams want to give him the key to their franchises? He was a free agent and the best free agent in the history of sports to be on the open market with the power to change the NBA.

Lebron didn't take the easy way out as some believe but instead he did the hard thing. He took his talents to south beach. He left what was familiar and comfortable to face being ridiculed and scorned. To go from one of the most loved to one of the most hated players in the NBA. There is nothing easy about what he did. This shows me he has fortitude to go against the grain and the confidence to play with a player that's considered one of the best.

Lebron already knows he's better than D wade and he will be leading the heat and Wade will be that other all star and hall of famer that every other great has played with I think this move will let us see the best that Lebron has to offer. The true greats play better with greatness around them and that's what I expect to see from Lebron this up coming season.

Any team Lebron would have chosen would have been an instant contender. He took a supporting cast of misfits to finals in 2007. What will he do with a team of 3 all stars? When it's all said and done Lebron will be the greatest of all time with his 7 rings and 5 finals MVPs. We will forget about the one hour special by an unemployed basketball player deciding where he was going to work for the next five years.

Final note. He didn't do Cleveland wrong his employment contract was over. He had 6 job interviews and the job in Cleveland wasn't the best one for him, his family, and his legacy. What more does any of us owe an employer that we are no longer employed by who saids I want to hire you back but you had decided you are better off working somewhere else? I have the answer, nothing. "Thanks for your interest but I am taking my talents else where". Cleveland had 7 years of unprecedented ticket sales and the employee alone increased the value of the business by 100 million dollars. If anything, Cleveland should be thanking Lebron for making them relevant again.

Lebron will continue to be the most exciting player to watch and the most dominate player in the game. Long live the King!