LeBron James reveals the exact moment he knew he was ‘the greatest basketball player people have ever seen’

NBA superstar LeBron James believes he is the basketball GOAT.

The Lakers star, 37, is currently second on the all-time scoring charts behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

James is one of the NBA's most decorated stars

James is one of the NBA’s most decorated starsCredit: EPA

LeBron is targeting a fifth NBA title this season

LeBron is targeting a fifth NBA title this seasonCredit: AP
James heads into the new season hoping to inspire LA to another NBA championship after a dismal campaign last year.

The Lakers missed out on the playoffs for the first time since winning the title in 2020.

Despite their struggles, LeBron continued to be a dominant force at both ends of the court.

The basketball superstar is a four-time league MVP and an eighteen-time All-Star, while away from the game he was estimated by Forbes this year to have a net worth of $1billion.

James was honored as being one of the 75 greatest players of all-time for the NBA’s 75th Anniversary earlier this year.

Following the 2022 All-Star game, the former Cavaliers star opened up on why he thinks he’s No1.

And he cited his role in bringing Cleveland back from a 1-3 deficit in the 2016 Finals as the reason he is the basketball GOAT.

LeBron said: “That moment [in 2016] I was like I am the greatest basketball player people have ever seen in all the facets.

“Like I can play 1 to 5, I can guard 1 to 5, just literally like doing something that’s never been done in the history of the sport.

“Teams that go down 3-1 were like 0 for 32 in finals history.

“There was nobody ever coming out of there and nobody gave us a chance. I just felt like ain’t nobody better than me at this.

“That’s what I felt. I was super, super ecstatic to win won for Cleveland because of the 52-year drought.

“The first wave of emotion, when everyone saw me crying, that was 52 years of sports and everything that’s gone on in Cleveland.

“And then after I stopped, I was like – that one right there made you the greatest player of all time.”

The Lakers have made a slow start to pre-season, going 1-4 as they prepare to face the Sacramento Kings on October 14.

LeBron and his LA teammates will begin their NBA challenge against last season’s champions Golden State on Tuesday, October 18.

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