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How Tom Brady and LeBron James together introduced a new kind of GOAT to the sports world

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Brady has surpassed previous GOAT Joe Montana, while LeBron is still working on passing GOAT Michael Jordan

On Sunday night, even before he’d notched his seventh Super Bowl victory in an emphatic win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady had done the thing all true GOATs must in marking themselves as the greatest of their respective sports: He redefined the very way we calculate all-time greatness.

 

 

And in doing so, Brady didn’t just further cement his own standing as the NFL’s greatest ever quarterback. He also opened up another lane for LeBron James to traverse in his own path to finishing his career, in his own sport, as the best of all time.

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That’s because Brady’s stunning run hasn’t just spanned 20 years, two teams, 10 Super Bowl appearances and seven Super Bowl wins. It’s also obliterated the notion, crafted by now-surpassed GOAT Joe Montana and likely-to-be-surpassed GOAT Michael Jordan, that perfection is required for this top-of-the-mountain status.

Yes, Brady’s seven rings are an absurdity of excellence, and alone make his case. But had he lost Sunday night — had he, in some alternate Kansas City-friendly universe, watched Patrick Mahomes pull off a win — how could you nonetheless doubt Brady’s Greatest Of All Time resume?

His run of 10 Super Bowl appearances, and the way in which he has defined two decades of football dominance, are enough. There’s no longer a legitimate argument that losing three Super Bowls taints him. They do the opposite — they are reminders of the brutal difficulty of even arriving in those games, and the rare genius that goes again and again and again. There’s no case that defeat to inferior competition — we’re talking about you, Eli Manning and Nick Foles — somehow diminishes Brady’s star. His shines alone, at least in his sport.

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Brady, like true all-time greats, has shattered whatever narrative of perfection Joe Montana and his 4-for-4 Super Bowl record created two decades ago. In doing so, he’s also recalibrated how fans, including those beyond football, regard the assessments we make over time that puts one all-time player ahead of another.

The parallels here between Brady and LeBron run deep. Both had to pass, in reality and in the mind’s eye of all of us who together form the sports zeitgeist, a GOAT who had never failed in the Big One.

Montana was perfect in his Super Bowls. Jordan was 6 for 6 in his NBA Finals appearances, a mark of perfection often held up as the reason LeBron can never pass him. The notion is wrong, but deeply held.

Brady and LeBron also have had to fight the natural nostalgia of one generation not wanting to release to the next a newer star who outshines their own. Each has had 10 appearances — and counting — in a Super Bowl and NBA Finals, respectively. Brady just wrapped up another one at age 43. LeBron is very, very likely to win another championship this summer, at age 36.

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Each also engenders a deep well of hatred from many fans in their respective sports, the kind that can blind us to reality and leave us clawing for any excuse not to award those we loathe the status they still deserve.

We could spend hundreds of thousands of words dissecting the tactical brilliance of both players. But each has also forged a new requirement for GOAT status, something that cannot be measured by an individual game, or season, or championship moment: durability.

Each player has maintained their palace atop the game, regardless of their coach, their organization, their mental fatigue or the young guns rising up around them. Brady was on full display Sunday night, with the entire sports world solely focused on him. But his moment echoed LeBron’s low-key and similar situation a few days ago, when Draymond Green spoke for all of us — as it relates to both GOATs — when he tweeted, “Yo why is (he) still getting better… how?”

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Brady has surpassed Montana with little legitimate argument. LeBron has not done the same with Jordan, yet. But, again, Brady’s example of durability and the mental toughness it takes to keep at this level so long make the case compellingly in favor of LeBron.

The idea of perfection for our GOATs was always a lie. Brady’s mental toughness is sports’ most glaring rebuttal.

That’s because we know now, from Jordan himself in “The Last Dance,” that he simply could not take the mental toll of what it took to win, and to obsess over winning, year after year after year. He needed a break. He needed a retirement. Then he needed another retirement. He was tired. That’s OK.

But that is not perfection. It is a natural shortcoming of even the most stunning stars in a different, more narrative-friendly form. It is, on closer inspection, its own kind of defeat. It takes a certain fortitude to go on, as Brady did, nearly a decade without a ring — and then to push through that fact, through his advancing age, and win several more. Just as, with LeBron James, it is not a mark against him that he has lost in the Finals. Unlike Jordan, he has stayed for the fight.

If LeBron and the Lakers do this season what Brady and the Bucs did last night, the King will have five championships in 11 Finals appearances. And with what Brady has wrought — a world where GOATs play beyond the bounds of what was once possible, and championship failure is not final in a man’s legacy — there’s no telling where his own story will end.

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“LeBron James was adjusting to the adjustments we made to our adjustments”: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the Lakers star’s wily basketball brains in the 2020 NBA Finals

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Erik Spoelstra gave us a soundbite for the ages, speaking about LeBron James and how he showed his elite basketball IQ in the 2020 Finals.

LeBron James is looked upon as one of the smartest, if not the smartest, players in basketball. We have numerous stories to back this notion up.

 

 

One famous instance was from the post-game interview for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 2018. James rattled off every play that led to the Cavaliers getting blown out by the Celtics in that presser.

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LeBron’s friends claim that playing Madden with him is a real pain, because he memorizes all of his opponents’ playcalls. Erik Spoelstra has previously marvelled at LeBron’s perfect in-game memory for plays that he made several years ago.

Erik Spoelstra talks about how LeBron James adjusted to his second-degree adjustments
Spoelstra’s words are best explained by quoting him directly rather than any other method:

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“In the Finals, he was making adjustments to our adjustments to the adjustments. And not making an adjustment to the adjustment I thought about making an adjustment, but I bluffed the adjustment, and he knew I was making a bluff.”

Scared of the inception in adjustments yet? It gets even better from here on out, as Spoelstra simply gave up on explaining this whole hullabaloo to us:

“. . . By the end of the series, I had no idea what the adjustments were.”

The Heat managed to hold on to their slender 4th quarter lead last night, beating the Lakers 96-94.

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‘KD, Steph & Klay’: LeBron James’ Sharp Response to Those Labelling Nets Most Offensive Team in NBA History

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LeBron James has been in the NBA for the last 18 years. So, he has witnessed it himself – some of the best guys in the league joining forces to form a super team. In fact, he was the one who ushered in the era of Big 3 while he was with the Miami Heat.

 

 

And this Thursday night, he will go up against, arguably, the most formidable Big 3 currently in the league, the Brooklyn Nets.

Many in the media are already calling James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant the most offensive trio in the league’s history. However, LeBron James is not buying into that.

In the aftermath of the Lakers’ 112-104 win against the Timberwolves, a reporter asked him if there was any other team in the league’s rich history that compares to the Nets’ offensive firepower. To this, LeBron offered a quick response –

“Have we forgot (forgotten) about KD, Steph, and Klay already!?”

The Los Angeles Lakers forward is aware of what he’s talking about here. He, of course, went up against the dominant lineup of the Golden State Warriors. The fact that he could not topple them speaks volumes about the invincibility of that Warriors team.

LeBron James excited to face the Brooklyn Nets challenge
It is a match that we all have been waiting for this season. LeBron is also looking forward to the fresh challenge that the Nets offer with their destructive trio.

“Well, it’s always exciting for me to go up against some of the best guys in the game and they got three of them. They got three of them and definitely love to be full when you are playing against a team like that and see you know, like at that point of the season where you match up, how you match up against some of the best teams in the league,” said James.

“And obviously, we won’t be full on Thursday. But other than that, I love going out there and just being on the floor with some of the best that play this game.”

As he said, the only downside of this encounter will be the unavailability of Anthony Davis. Without him, it is not possible to get a clearer picture of which team has their noses ahead. For this one, though, LeBron will need others to step up.

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COL CALL UFC star Colby Covington calls LeBron James ‘coward’ who ‘wouldn’t last 10 seconds with me’ in astonishing attack

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COLBY COVINGTON said ‘coward’ LeBron James ‘wouldn’t last 10 seconds with me’ in an astonishing attack on the NBA icon.

The outspoken UFC welterweight attacked the Black Lives Matter movement and James, 35, as well as other players who boycotted games in protest.

Covington, who dedicated his win to first responders, said: “You keep us safe, not these woke athletes.

“I’m sick of these woke athletes and these spineless cowards like LeBron James.”

The ex-UFC interim champion followed up the jibe on Twitter, also taking a shot at James’ former team-mate Delonte West, 37, who suffered from drug abuse.

Covington tweeted: “LOL at the snowflakes that believe @KingJames could even last 10 seconds with me!

“If that coward had the balls or the ability to kick anyone’s ass, Delonte West would’ve lost his teeth long before his meth habit!”

 

 

Covington previously took a swipe at NBA stars who boycotted their games in protest, urging them to instead quit and become cops.

 

 

Before Woodley was beaten by the vocal Donald Trump supporter, he responded to every question at the press conference by saying ‘Black Lives Matter’.

 

 

“You know if you are breaking the law and you are threatening the cops with weapons. You know, you deserve to get what you get.

 

“Law enforcement protects us all. If you don’t have law enforcement it would be the wild wild west.

“So you know, people need to go and give a pat on the back to law enforcement every single day and thank them for keeping us all safe.

 

 

“Otherwise you know all these criminals would be running the streets wild and none of us would be safe.

“You know he is a communist. You know, he’s a Marxist. He stands for criminals.

“He hates America, and that’s why he got broke tonight.”

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