LeBron James broke into the league with more fan fare and high expectations than any other player before him, and it seemed like just a formality that the NBA’s first pick in the 2003 draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers would finish his career with a Jordanesque legacy.
The experts knew this kid would be something special while he was still in high school, and NBA scouts salivated at his high basketball IQ, Adonis physique and explosive power.
Not only was James supposed to be like Mike, but he had the potential to be better—or so they thought.
The King showed early dominance in the league, and his star power began to skyrocket. He took the Cavs on the road to respectability by guiding them to a couple of 60-plus win seasons, but alas, no championships.
And unlike Mike, James owns a couple of NBA playoff flameout performances, giving power to his critics' conclusion that he is incapable of winning the big one.
The playoff flameouts were completely unlike Mike. In fact, the King became more like Mike Tyson than Michael Jordan after he ripped the ear and heart out of an entire state.
After James’ infamous decision last summer to leave the team that drafted him, the King’s image took an unsuspecting nosedive as the former national hero became the wide world of sports’ villain extraordinaire.
And like Mike Tyson, King James did it while strolling around with a boxing-like entourage that’s synonymous with spoiled heavyweight fighters and not basketball players.
Several months after flying south to Miami, Cleveland remains a disaster zone with blood flowing from its gaping wounds like a crimson tide, but James, however, seems on course to win a couple of championships as a member of the Miami Thrice.
Currently, James and the Miami Heat are forging a bold path towards the playoffs, and for the first time this NBA season, the Heat-or-Three-Peat is in sync as both Miami and the L.A. Lakers are winning simultaneously, instead of taking turns mopping the floor.
But when it’s all said and done, will the King finish his career with a Jordanesque legacy that we all expected he would, but has since run of the rails?
The answer to that question lies not only in how many NBA championships James wins, but in his ability to follow these 10 key ingredients in a recipe that should ensure his success.