EVEN though he is the most famous and talented basketballer of the modern era, few in the States are backing LeBron James to collect the Larry O’Brien Trophy next month.
It wouldn’t be a major surprise, given the form of Celtics’ mainstay Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and, especially, rookie Jayson Tatum, if LeBron failed to make it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
James’ longevity is remarkable and at 33-years-old, 15 years since he was drafted as the number one pick, he’s playing better than ever. He’s made critical blocks, hit buzzer-beaters and averaged 34 points as the Cavs survived against the Indiana Pacers and then humiliated the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs so far.
The Suns excited with their high-tempo brand of basketball that didn’t yield silverware and the expectation is the Warriors will have too much experience and class for D’Anoni’s team this time.