Another day, another crazy comment on the Internet.
On Thursday morning, Robin Lundberg of Sports Illustrated said the following:
"In a way, LeBron James won his rivalry with the Warriors. Sure, he was just 1-3 against them in the Finals. But with the Dubs done and the Lakers looking like contenders, it appears his dynasty has outlasted theirs -- which is something that once seemed unimaginable, considering James was in the midst of a fifth straight Finals trip when they first met, and since a 73-win team added KD before the rubber match.
"And what James said about missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2015 has some validity. Of all their meetings, none will have the meaning of 2016. The comeback from 3-1 to vanquish what would have been the greatest season in NBA history must still sting in a way LeBron losing with Matthew Dellavedova as his wingman won't.
"And I don't think anyone believed it was reasonable for James to conquer Golden State plus Durant after that. Now the Warriors are in the lead for the lottery while the Lakers are on top of the West with LeBron on an early MVP campaign and leading the league in assists."
First and foremost -- the Warriors beat LeBron and the Cavs in the NBA Finals three times out of four. So no -- in no way, shape or form did LeBron win his rivalry against Golden State.
We could just end this article right now, but let's continue a little longer.
Yes, LeBron is off to a terrific start this season and the Lakers -- who beat Golden State by 26 points Wednesday night -- are rolling at 9-2.
But what if Los Angeles doesn't win the championship this year? We have no clue how things are going to play out.
Even if the Lakers ultimately win the 2020 title, it will not be an indictment whatsoever on the Warriors -- who have been decimated by injuries.
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Now, it would be a different story if a healthy Lakers team beat a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs, but that won't be happening this year.
Hopefully we get to see a Warriors-Lakers matchup sometime in May 2021. That would be great for the NBA and basketball fans everywhere, and actually could be used as "evidence" when discussing the "LeBron-Warriors rivalry."
Until then, it's silly to make any sort of judgments.
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