LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida. — LeBron James became the first player to win NBA finals MVP honors with three different teams on Sunday, and for LA Lakers coach Frank Vogel, the Ohio native has cemented his status as the best player “the basketball universe has ever seen.”
James’s fourth NBA championship, which came after he led the Lakers to a 106-93 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6, also saw him take home his fourth finals MVP award.
He trails only Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, who won six to go with his six NBA championships.
The 35-year-old James, who also won the award during two championship runs with Miami and one with Cleveland, averaged 29.8 points per game on 59% shooting in the finals while leading a defensive effort that handcuffed the Heat offense in Game 6.
While many still consider Jordan as the sport’s best player of all time, Vogel put James above him.
“He’s the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen,” Vogel told reporters.
“And if you think you know, you don’t know, okay, until you’re around him every day, you’re coaching him, you’re seeing his mind, you’re seeing his adjustments, seeing the way he leads the group.”