LeBron James won his second NBA title with a Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. Yet the back-to-back championships did little to silence James' most ardent critics, who point out that the vast majority of NBA titles in history have not been won by the self-proclaimed "King" James.
Since the NBA Finals began in 1950, James has won just two of the 64 total championships awarded. In fact, he has only appeared in four of the 64 — a measly 6.25-percent appearance rate.
"I wasn't even born until 1984," said James, immediately grasping at an easy excuse for his failures. "I'm only 28 years-old and I have two rings. I think I'm doing fairly well. I'm trying to improve every year. I'm doing the best I can."
Even if James' supposed "best" is enough to keep his recent championship streak going for five or even 10 more titles, he'll still be short 62 rings — titles won by Bill Russell, Michael Jordan and other players clearly his superior who were winning long before he came along to cherry pick what's left.
James' Heat are already installed as the favorites to win the 2014 NBA title. But even if they do, they'll remain winless against the teams considered to be the greatest ever: the 1996 Bulls, '87 Lakers, '86 Celtics, '72 Lakers, '67 Sixers and '65 Celtics.
"There's no possible way I could ever beat any of them. Be reasonable," James said, finally acknowledging his inability to ever be truly great.