Pat Riley on LeBron: 'He's is a mix of Jordan, Magic, Kobe, Jerry West and Bill Russell'

2022-01-26 08:00
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LeBron James is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history and is frequently compared to Michael Jordan in debates over the greatest basketball athlete ever.

His accomplishments include four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, and four NBA Finals MVP accolades. Moreover, he is a member of the prestigious NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Recently, the 37-year-old became the only player to reach 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 9,000 assists during the NBA career.

Free throws this season

Points made: 16,1
Accuracy: 73,8%
Place in standings: 18
Record max: 26
Record min: 6
Most made FTs: LeBron James

His longevity is incredible. Last night LeBron posted 33 points to lead Los Angeles Lakers past Brooklyn Nets. That was the 18th consecutive game in which "King James" scored 25+ points.

Nothing strange, the basketball superstar receives many praises on frequent occasions.

The latest one came from Pat Riley, who engineered LeBron James' move to the Miami Heat in 2011. The Heat president (since 1995), appreciated LeBron's greatness in an episode of the NBA's 75 stories.

The legendary coach gave Lakers front runner the ultimate compliment, saying he is a mix of all-time best basketball athletes.

"LeBron is in a class of his own. He is absolutely unique. He's Michael, he's Magic, he's Kobe, he's Jerry West, he's Bill Russell. You take all of these great, great players, and put them in a blender and mix them up, LeBron's got something from all of them in him," Pat Riley said.

Even though Riley was not happy with James' move to come back to Cleveland in 2014, seems that everything is left behind and he has a lot of respect for the King.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh led the Miami Heat franchise to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

However, after Miami lost in the 2014 Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, James chose to return home.


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