LeBron James now enters the pantheon where the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson hang out. It’s a very exclusive club, and the entrance requirements are steep.
The number of All-Star appearances, MVPs or scoring titles need to be left at the door. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Elgin Baylor, Patrick Ewing and Steve Nash have all applied for admission and been denied.
The only real requirement that must be met is whether a player has a ring in his possession. Only then do the stats and awards come into play.
But just having a ring is not a free pass...