LeBron James said his first NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 let him think of himself as the greatest player of all time.
“That one right there made me the greatest player of all time,” James stated in Episode 7 of the eight-part ESPN+ series More Than An Athlete.
The Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors and won the last three games to claim the title.
“That’s what I felt,” James told friends and business partners Maverick Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul during the episode. “I was super, super ecstatic to win one for Cleveland because of the 52-year drought.
The first wave of emotion was everyone saw me crying. That was all for 52 years of everything in sports going on in Cleveland. And then after I stopped, I was like, ‘That one right there made you the greatest player of all-time.’”