Back to the Promised Land: LeBron James Makes His Eighth Finals Appearance
LeBron James is set to play in his eighth NBA Finals, continuing a June tradition that has lasted from 2011 to 2018. Below, we look back at LeBron's history in the Finals through the eyes of Sports Illustrated photographers.
Thanks to a sublime start to the NBA playoffs, LeBron James is back where he belongs, making a trip to the Finals for the eighth straight year—and ninth overall since his first appearance, as a 22-year-old in 2007.
Over the years LeBron James has proved to be good enough to make it to the Finals but not good enough to defeat Golden State. It's nice to have the NBA's best player in its biggest series, but Warriors-Cavs has hit a tipping point.