LeBron’s legacy — 3-5 Finals record and all — is as intact as MJ’s – ESPN

OAKLAND, Calif. — For a moment, just imagine if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs.

Now imagine those Raptors moving on to the NBA Finals, eventually getting swept by the league’s best team, the 2017 champion Golden State Warriors.

What would the commentary be surrounding James right now? In today’s hot-take culture and with all the in-progress legacy judging, what sort of scrutiny would James be facing on a daily basis?

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Here’s why that question is relevant: James, at age 32, just ended this Finals run short of winning a fourth championship.

Now let’s step back to 1995 for a moment. That year a 32-year-old Michael Jordan lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Orlando Magic, a team that eventually got roasted in the Finals by the Houston Rockets in a sweep. Jordan’s attempt at winning his fourth title came up short — well short, in fact.

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