LeBron James' recent NBA Finals run is truly incredible, as he has managed to appear in each of the past eight Finals series with both the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Following his move from the Cavs to the Los Angeles Lakers, however, many people believe this Finals run could come to an end with the Lakers competing in a difficult Western Conference.
LeBron will try to lead a young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart along with new pieces like Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley to the Finals, but it will be a tough ask.
While many might count him and the Lakers out because of the strength of the squad and the quality around them in the West, James' former teammate, Dwyane Wade, is not one of those people.
Wade said during a recent interview with ESPN: "Well, first do not count him out, that would be the wrong thing to do. I think in his mind, he prepares to go to the Finals every year. That is the God-given ability and talent that he has been gifted and given.
"It definitely has added another amazing chapter to his storybook career, and we are all going to watch to see how it unfolds, but I would never count that guy out.”
The Lakers haven't been to the NBA Finals since they last won the NBA Championship back in the 2009-10 season. We've already seen in recent history that we shouldn't count out LeBron despite the circumstances.
It was only last season when the Cavaliers came close to falling out of contention that we saw James carried the team on his back and took them to the NBA Finals through the Eastern Conference.
With this in mind, you would be foolish to rule out LeBron from making a ninth NBA Finals appearance in a row, this time with the Lakers, at this early stage.
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