Brent Barry, son of legend Rick Barry and a slam dunk and two-time NBA champion himself, calls LeBron James’ sixth straight trip to the NBA Finals (with two different teams) a “remarkable, remarkable thing.” LeBron’s teammate J.R. Smith has a lot of people agreeing when he says they could just “give [James] the MVP every year.”
James has won the NBA championship in just two of his six trips, and he’s 0-1 this time around in Cleveland. But a victory against defending champion Golden State Warriors would mean James has won half his last six attempts. For perspective, the last time there was an NBA Finals played without LeBron James was in 2010. The now-retired Kobe Bryant was the MVP of that one. And the guy the Cavaliers have to worry about most this June, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry? He was a Warriors rookie who attempted only 380 3-pointers that season. That’s fewer than he made (402) this year. James’s dominance and longevity is, as Barry says, remarkable, remarkable. He’s just 31 years old.