Chris Webber calls LeBron James the "greatest team player of all time"

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Since the day he was drafted straight out of high school in 2003, LeBron James set out one goal he wanted to achieve in his career; to win a maiden championship for his suffering hometown. 

On Sunday, after 13 years in the league and an acrimonious departure in between, James hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

After four successful years with the Miami Heat from 2010-2014 which yielded his first two titles, the King made the decision to come back home and achieve it for his city. 

He sunk to his knees at the Oracle Arena after game seven of this year's NBA Finals when he'd finally realised a dream that took everything out of him. 

LeBron and the team returned to Cleveland on Monday and were met by thousands of Wine and Gold fans at the airport as they had to get a glimpse at the gold trophy to prove the moment was real. 

After now securing three rings in his career and succeeding in winning one for the Cavs, the 31-year-old's accomplishments have unsurprisingly reignited the debate about where he ranks among the game's all-time greatest players and what this does for his legacy. 

This is a debate that can rumble on forever without a definitive answer ever being reached. He will be compared to the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Bill Russell again throughout the summer.

As the aforementioned six players are all retired, it would only be fair to wait until James calls it a day to assess his career and what he achieved in comparison to those players. 

But one person who doesn't need to wait for that day is former NBA star Chris Webber. The TNT analyst was speaking on "The Herd" on Monday and explained just how highly he rates the four-time MVP.

"When LeBron left, I was one of the people that was just kind of upset, because I was saying, 'LeBron, if you win one championship in Cleveland, you have earned your stripes," Webber said. "Don't listen to all these people out here, just win in Cleveland if you could do that.' So the story turned out even better with him being able to go away and get a couple and come back.

"A lot of it is sentimental. Saying he's better than Magic [Johnson], I don't know if I could ever even utter [that] ... I think it's just the sentiment. What if[LeBron] would have played ... with the best player of all time in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? What if he would have gotten a chance to play with that? What if he would have had James Worthy running down? So my thing is that this is different.

"Magic was, to me, one of the greatest players that you wanted to play with because of his skillset, along with [Steve] Nash, because they got you involved. Jordan came in and the whole narrative changed that you have to be this killer, you have to do it yourself -- six-time Defensive Player of the Year, you have to check everyone.

"When LeBron came in passing -- remember he was criticised for making a pass his first year to a wide-open guy at the end of the game -- people questioned his heart and soul. What I love about LeBron is that he didn't change his personality, and if kids emulate him they'll have to be a team player. Period. So I put him as probably -- I don't like saying this over Magic -- but the greatest team player of all time. By far."

This is extremely high praise from C.Webb and there aren't many who will disagree with him. 

You can certainly expect this topic of conversation to continue doing the rounds until matters on the court resume again next season.

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