LeBron James was selected to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday afternoon for the 10th time in his career. Only Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, with 11 each, have more. It wasn't unexpected after his third place MVP finish, but he did face very strong competition for one of two forward spots. Joining him there is Kawhi Leonard. Just behind him is Kevin Durant, who has to be one of the most impressive All-NBA Second Team selections ever.
What more can you say about James, who is one win removed from his sixth straight trip to the NBA Finals and has won two championships? His quest for a title while in a Cavs uniform is ongoing. The Cavs currently have the best net rating of the NBA playoffs, and are Vegas' favorites at the moment to win it all. None of it is possible without LeBron James. The Cavs have not been very good whenever he has been hurt or testing. They've been incredible whenever he is on the court. They are still searching for ways to survive minutes when he sits. He was not the league's Most Valuable Player, but it's hard to imagine the Cavs without him.
Or rather, perhaps it's too easy to imagine the Cavs without him.