The 2014 NBA Finals is finally set: a rematch between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Last year’s series between the two teams went seven games, with the Spurs being one Ray Allen miracle-three away from winning the title. The stakes are high for everyone, but some have more to lose or gain than others. Tim Duncan could win his fifth title, catching Kobe Bryant and potentially solidifying his spot as the best player of his generation (post Michael Jordan, pre LeBron). A championship for Dwyane Wade adds a fourth title, basically cementing his legacy as the man who made Miami a title town.
Then, of course, there’s LeBron James. The only thing that Jordan and Bryant have over him right now is a three-peat. Winning his third straight title in his fourth finals appearance in a row, changes the discussion a bit on how he should be remembered. It also puts him at the top of the food chain over Scottie Pippen, Dominique Wilkins and even the great Larry Bird, as the best Small Foward ever. Read on to find out why a championship this year puts him ahead of past greats.
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