During an episode of ESPN’s « More Than An Athlete, » James reflected on winning the 2016 NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which they overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors.
James said when they won Game 7 and completed the comeback, he realized he was the greatest player ever.
« That one right there made me the greatest player of all-time, » James said. « That’s what I felt. »
James said he was « ecstatic » to end the 52-year championship drought in Cleveland, but when he had a moment to reflect, he felt he did something special.
« Everybody was just talking about how [the Warriors] were the greatest team of all-time, like, it was the greatest team ever assembled. For us to come back the way we came back in that fashion, I was, like, ‘You did something special.' »
"At that moment, I was like I'm the greatest basketball player people have ever seen."
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The championship was James’ third and his third Finals MVP. He led the Cavs to the Finals the following two years, losing to the Warriors each time.