Few players in NBA history can lay claim to some of the achievements that LeBron James has amassed during his career. Whether its coming back from a three-to-one defecit or going to six straight championship rounds, the man does unbelievable things on the court.
The 31-year-old forward recognizes the pressure that comes along with being a champion. There is a target on your back every night. This goes double for a man who seems to find himself on a title contender year after year.
In a conversation with Cleveland.com, the King talked about what his viewpoint was heading into his third season back in Quicken Loans Arena.
The Finals MVP candidly offered: “I know teams switch and pick up new coaches or new players, and their whole goal is kind of they want to beat me.”
On the face of it, that sounds a bit conceited but, there is a fair bit of truth to that statement. It is documented at this point that the road to the Finals in the Eastern Conference goes through the three-time champion.
The Akron native clarified later in the conversation: “It’s never just about me, but I always hear them saying, ‘We gotta beat LeBron.’ It’s not just me on the court, but I understand that teams get together in this conference and across the league to try to beat me.”
Kevin Durant’s move to the Bay Area might be the most tangible proof to number 23’s case. He will face his toughest test yet this year.