As opposed to the NBA, MLB and NFL, international competitions–like the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), World Baseball Classic (WBC), FIFA World Cup and even the Olympics–engage multiple countries, with fans around the world hoping that their home country can take home the gold.
This matchup will continue the streak of a different NBA Champion each year since 2019. During this period, the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors were all crowned as champions.
The only notable accomplishment that has eluded Carmelo Anthony’s career was winning a championship in the NBA. Despite this, Melo’s impact on the culture of basketball on-and-off the court seals his legacy as one of the all-time greats.
James was drafted first overall in 2003 to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers at the age of 18, with “Chosen One” on his back, and expectations of anything less than a Hall of Famer would be considered a failure.