In October 2020, LeBron James basked in the glow of his fourth NBA Championship. The always retrospective James stood in front of a microphone, socially distanced from the reporter asking the question, of course. He rattled off how Lakers coach Frank Vogel hadn’t gotten his due. Ditto for owner Jeanie Buss. Then he threw himself into the conversation. “I want my damn respect, too,” he said, championship hat and t-shirt draped over his body. He caught some flak for that. Respect? James is universally considered in the top-5 basketball players of all-time conversation. Most have him second after Michael Jordan….

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