The unexpected occurred last summer when three superstars in the form of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh took less money in order to be on the same team and thus win a championship (or championships).
This, though, didn't bode well with most NBA fans so they began to berate them in every way possible. And the one who received the majority of the criticism was LeBron James.
So LeBron—who had been "The Chosen One," the one next in line to carry the torch from Kobe—suddenly became "The Chasing One." He suddenly drew comparisons to Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal as a ring-chaser.
And in some minds, especially ones in Cleveland, he was no longer able to achieve the goal of being the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.).
This view, though, has begun to change recently as the Miami Heat have had great success in the playoffs and the talks about the possibility of LeBron James becoming the G.O.A.T. have rekindled.
Talks about LeBron as the G.O.A.T. are not possible unless he win championships. So this is meant to rank LeBron's standing with the greatest of all time each time he adds a championship to his list of accomplishments.