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Lakers legend defends LeBron James amidst Finals record criticism

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LeBron James deserves huge praise having reached a staggering six consecutive NBA Finals.

In some people's eyes, however, that achievement is overshadowed somewhat by the fact that, including his visit to the Finals with the Cavs in 2007, the future Hall of Famer is 2-4 when it comes to his Finals record.

One man who can empathise with James when it comes to a disappointing return on Finals appearances is Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West.

'The Logo' went 1-8 in his nine trips to the big dance and, unsurprisingly, he has spoken out this weekend against those criticising LeBron for a failure to convert more Finals series into rings

"That's the most ridiculous thing," West said on Saturday night, via ESPN. "If I were him, I'd probably want to strangle [detractors]."

"He's carried teams on his shoulders. He's been to the Finals six straight times. How many times has he been the favourite? None. Zero. Grossly unfair to him.

"I don't want to sound like Donald Trump, but it's hard for me to believe someone doesn't recognize his greatness. This guy does everything, and he's competitive as hell. Frankly, I wish people would leave him alone."

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

With his Cleveland Cavaliers currently 1-0 down to the Golden State Warriors after Thursday night's game one, LeBron will need to turn things around in a hurry if he isn't to extend his unwanted Finals record to 2-5.

There is no doubt that, regardless of how many more rings he adds before retiring, James will leave the game as one of its all-time greats. Being able to walk away with a few more titles would, though, certainly help silence his detractors.

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