Doc Rivers was the coach of the Boston Celtics from 2004 to 2013. His stay in the Eastern Conference fits neatly alongside LeBron James’s career.
It should come as no surprise that there is a mutual respect between the once in a generation superstar and the coach of his former rival.
He has seen more than enough of The Chosen One in his coaching career. But, in his eyes, is LBJ one of the greatest players ever?
The Clippers’ head man said to Dan Patrick this week: “We’re not used to skill looking so powerful. I think that rubs people wrong. But LeBron, statistically, championships-wise, he is one of the top five players to have ever played the game.”
It’s hard to argue with a championship coach. Rivers has seen a crazy amount of basketball in his years coaching all over the NBA.
He has the added bonus of having faced James a number of times with the Celtics and that helps his case as an expert on dissecting the man’s game.
The 55-year-old was even in the arena for one of James’ most destructive performances. The King and the Miami Heat were on the verge of elimination in 2012.
Down 3-2 he uncorked 45 points to even the series and head back to the NBA Finals for the second straight year.
When you see true greatness close up like that, it can be hard to deny it. We will never really reach a consensus on where LeBron James should be ranked All-Time.
The question is a matter of preference but, as the accolades continue to stack up, it is getting harder to deny James his due.