Instead James yields scoring titles to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant because, here, Dwyane Wade needs (and has earned) his touches and shots and points, too. Here even your third option is a 20-point career scorer.
The same sacrifice James showed in coming to Miami in the first place, for less money than he might have commanded elsewhere, is seen in his willingness to play where and how Miami needs him to.
Spoelstra’s mantra is to never take LeBron’s greatness for granted, to constantly appreciate it, but when you ask the coach about James he seldom glows over the dunks or the obvious highlight-reel stuff.
He goes to the essence of the man as much as his game.
“Unselfishness,” Spoelstra says of James. “Commitment …”
Here is Pat Riley’s word for LeBron: “Fearless.”
James accepts the burden of being his best every night, and embraces it. That burden must be wearying, but he carries it as if it were light as air.
His game is a seamless mixture of brute force and ballet, of menace and grace, and right now the Best Player On The Planet is better than he has ever been as he chugs toward a fourth career league MVP award and tries to lift the Heat to a repeat title.
Six games in a row he has topped 30 points on better than 60 percent shooting. No player ever has done that. Not even Michael.
His season averages — 27.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 56.5 percent shooting — have never been equaled across the board. Not even by Michael.
Kobe called LeBron “sensational” after the Heat beat the Lakers on Sunday, and it is pretty impressive when even your greatest rivals are moved to curtsy and bow.
Michael Jordan might always be the greatest player of all time to many, but LeBron James is the greatest all-around player there has ever been.
And getting better, by the way.