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JJ Redick Says Winning A Ring In Cleveland Was LeBron James' Greatest Challenge: "He Had Five Opportunities To Do That."


LeBron James is going through some tough challenges this season during his fourth year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The King suffered some setbacks in the past season. He was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career following a campaign full of injuries. 

Now, he's trying to bounce back with a veteran Lakers team that is still trying to figure things out. The purple and gold added Russell Westbrook to the roster while signing several veterans like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Rajon Rondo.

So far, the Lakers have been more criticized than praised by both their fans and media members. This situation led James to say this season is the toughest challenge he's faced in his career, claiming it's beneficial for him. 

"It ranks right at the top of any other challenge I've had in my career, which actually brings out the best in me and I love that. I love trying to learn to continue to get better and better, continue to learn each other more and more. Continue to work on our system offensively and defensively."

It's clear that the Lakers had a long way ahead before playing like people expect them to play, but not everybody agrees when LeBron says this is the biggest challenge of his career. 

JJ Redick, who has become a big voice in the media world, expressed his disagreement with LeBron's remarks, picking his championship quests with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the hardest challenges he faced during his career. 

While Stephen A. Smith picked his first title as the biggest challenge, Redick went with Bron's first and only championship with the Cavaliers (3:25).

“The greatest challenge of LeBron James’ career was bringing a championship to Cleveland. He had five opportunities to do that.”

“And if you look at all the teams, he brought the Finals with Cleveland, other than '15 and '16, those teams were over matched. This team right now with the Lakers has two future Hall of Famers on his team. This is not the greatest challenge of his career.”

LeBron's first appearance in the Finals was in 2007, when he single-handedly took the Cavaliers to the big series, only to face the overpowered San Antonio Spurs, who swept them. 

He had four more chances in his second stint with the franchise. He lost in 2014/15, won a huge series in 2016, returning from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, but then lost two times in a row against the Golden State Warriors. That 2016 Finals will go down as the greatest series of all time, and LeBron played a key role in the Cavs' comeback and subsequent title. 

It's easy to see why Redick picked that title as the greatest one for LeBron, but you can make the case for any other title. He faced big obstacles during his career, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. 

Moreover, he already won the 2020 NBA championship with the Lakers, so winning with the most-winningest franchise in the league isn't an issue for him anymore. He's still chasing that fifth ring, though, but that won't be easy. Yet, LeBron (currently sidelined due to health and safety protocols) is still confident the team can get things done.