If there is one man in the NBA who has seen the greatness of LeBron James in more ways than one, it's Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
Doc's Boston Celtics teams usually had to overcome the King in the Eastern Conference each year in their quest to win a championship and the men in green usually brought the best (and worst) out of him.
The Celtics' big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen got the better of LeBron in 2010 when he was in Cleveland, prompting him to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami the following season.
James and the Heat faced and beat Boston in the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, with the superstar's performance in the latter confirming to Rivers just how good he was.
With the Heat down 3-2 in the series and heading to Massachusetts facing elimination, the four-time MVP produced arguably the best game of his career and left the TD Garden stunned.
Rivers, now with the Clippers, doesn't have to face LeBron that often anymore but knows where he ranks the three-time champion based on past experiences.
"Statistically speaking, and visually since I was the coach of the Celtics and we had a 3-2 lead and I watched him score 45, he is in the top five. There's no doubt," Rivers said. LeBron has a different game. We're so used to seeing skill looking graceful. We're not used to seeing skill look so powerful. I think that rubs people wrong. But LeBron, statistically, championship wise, he's one of the top-five players to ever play the game."
"LeBron has a different game. We're so used to seeing skill looking graceful. We're not used to seeing skill look so powerful. I think that rubs people wrong. But LeBron, statistically, championship wise, he's one of the top-five players to ever play the game."
There are many who still question and debate where LeBron ranks now and where he'll be placed among the greats when he eventually retires.
With three titles, four MVPs, and three Finals MVPs, King James still has time to add to his collection and chase the 'ghost' of Michael Jordan as he wants.
But if he is to be judged on that level, he may never reach MJ, but that shouldn't take away from his own greatness.
Having been scrutinised for much of his career, the 12-time All-Star will probably not be appreciated fully until he's no longer on the court.