Breakfast Special: LeBron James is the GOAT. Discussion Over.

Michael Jordan‘s run as the Greatest of All Time began on June 14, 1998, when he hit The Last Shot against the Utah Jazz, retired, and officially got past the “no player can be evaluated for his place in history until he is no longer playing the game” rule of historical comparison (we do not talk about the Jordan-era Wizards. They are a figment of the NBA Dark Ages.)

And calling Jordan the GOAT was not something to be taken lightly; after all, the previous nine years had seen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reign in that capacity, and to be better than Kareem is something not to be taken lightly either.

But Kareem might have been the best player on at most two of his championship teams (the ’71 Bucks and the ’80 Lakers, and even that depends on what you think of Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.)

Michael Jordan was undisputably the best player on all six of his.

But even Jordan never took a complete trash outfit that wouldn’t have won 25 games, never mind 50, all the way to the NBA Finals.

LeBron James has now done it twice, and that’s why, on May 27, 2018, LeBron James became, beyond dispute and merely pending the day he decides to hang up his sneakers for good, He willed the Canton Charge onto the biggest stage in indoor sports in the world.

When the Cavs beat the Celtics 87-79 in one of the ugliest playoff games in recent memory, not only did we all just learn that being 29th in defense in the regular season doesn’t mean squat when you have LeBron on your team in the playoffs, but that a guy who can put up 35 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists in a game on the road against a team that was undefeated at home in the playoffs and had won their three previous home games in the series by an average of 13.7 points…

Oh, and he did this while quite possibly the only other player on his entire team who could even so much as start for any other fourth-or-above playoff seed in either conference was out on the concussion protocol, namely Kevin Love?

We are all witnesses. Even Michael Jordan never pulled THAT off.

Jeff Green stepped up big time in Love’s absence, scoring 19 points on 7-of-14 from the field.

Tristan Thompson had the cleanest 10 points you’ll ever see, making all four of his field goal attempts.

J.R. Smith had 12 points while showing off the power of the eFG% stat, shooting 3-of-8 but since they were all three-pointers, he posted an eFG% of .563.

And, curiously, LeBron had eight turnovers, setting an NBA record for most turnovers in a playoff series with 40, but the rest of his team had a combined total of only four.

But Boston…oh, dear gods, what a train wreck they put up.

Rumor has it Terry Rozier had to be rushed to the hospital after the game with a potential case of asphyxiation after spending the entire game choking.

Rozier was 2-of-14 and missed all 10 of his three-point attempts. Jaylen Brown was 5-of-18 from the field and 3-of-12 from long range. And Marcus Smart was 1-of-10 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep.

That’s a combined total of 8-of-42 (19 percent) from the field and 3-of-26 (11.5 percent) from three, and when you throw in the 2-of-4 from the free throw line, the trio came up with just half a point for every field goal they attempted. 21 points, 42 shots.

Jayson Tatum was a whole lot better, going 9-of-17, scoring 24 points, and coming up just a single made field goal shy of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points by a rookie in the playoffs, ending up in second place, 352 to 351.

Oh, and Tatum had the huge dunk on LeBron…

C’mon, man, if we learned anything from the Jordan era, it’s never show up the guy who can rip your fanbase’s throats out.

To wit, here’s seven games’ worth of highlights of LeBron, with 235 points in the series, ripping the Celtics’ throats out:

Watch the Celtics fold like a bad poker hand as the Cavs stepped up:

And Terry Rozier really should’ve known that taking it up on Bron is a bad idea; Bron’s been sending back shots all playoffs:

Hey, who says LeBron’s got no supporting cast? Besides me, calling them the Canton Charge earlier.

And I’m-a say this right here, right now.

If the Houston Rockets win Game 7 Monday night against Golden State, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to win the NBA Finals in six, as LeBron does to James Harden what Michael Jordan did to Charles Barkley in 1993 and Karl Malone in 1997 for having the audacity to claim they were the most valuable player in the league.

I mean, the Warriors will stomp this Cavs team in 5, c’mon now, they just have matchup problems getting forced into isolation against the Rockets (not for nothing did they win the second half of Game 6 by 39 points after they got back to playing their own style of basketball.)

But Houston? LeBron’s going to crush them.

But that’s tomorrow’s breakfast. Y’all gotta eat today’s first. And yeah, that’s goat cheese in the page image!

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!