I get that it's boring to give the MVP to the same guy year after year, but LeBron is - without a doubt - the best andmost valuable player to any team.
Look at the Cavs before, during, after, then during LeBron again. Lottery team to perennial playoff contender back to lottery team and back again. All because one guy wasn't there anymore.
You could put LeBron on the absolute worst team in the league every year and he would get them to the playoffs. That's what he does, that's who he is. The Most Valuable Player to any team in the NBA.
When Mozgov forgot how to play basketball this year, LeBron carried the weight. When Love forgot to show up for the Finals, LeBron carried him too. The man is an absolute freak of nature, a basketball savant, and a one-of-a-kind talent that we'll probably never see again, like Jordan or Magic or Wilt.
I'm not ready to declare him GOAT (despite my obvious bias) because Jordan was a goddamn machine out there. You wouldn't see Jordan wearing a frog-tea hat or talking shit about the "haters" on social media, Jordan would shut them up on the court then blow $50k in five minutes on the blackjack table while banging your girlfriend in front of you.That's who Jordan was - an animal, an absolutely ice-cold killing machine - and LeBron isn't that same guy. LeBron is nice, he wants to be friends with his competitors off-court, and that's fine too.
Kobe was Jordan Lite. LeBron isn't anything Lite, he's LeBron Raymone James, and he is now and always will be the best player to ever don the Cleveland Cavalier uniform.
And for that, and this title, he's my unanimous MVP.
What happened to Detroit?
The decline of the American automobile industry was not helpful, but it was not the primary cause of Detroit’s decline, which started beforehand, and was not reversed or slowed during the 90s SUV boom when the Big 3 were making record profits, increasing their market share, and hiring new workers. Rather, the first major event that caused Detroit to become what it is today was the race riot of 1967, in which so much of the city was burned that it resembled a war zone, thousands of businesses were looted, snipers took pot shots at white people on the streets, and President Johnson literally had to send in the army with tanks and live ammunition to restore order. The trend of “white flight” immediately hit Detroit harder than anywhere else in the nation, as white (ex-)residents, and many middle-class blacks, understandably, feared for their lives.
The shift in racial composition meant that Detroit elected its first black mayor, Coleman Young, in 1973, and he would continue in that role until 1994. Unfortunately, Young was an extremist demagogue who was openly hostile to whites, and what remained of the white population quickly left during his tenure, taking almost the entire Detroit property tax base with them, leaving the city unable to pay for basic services like street cleaning, garbage pickup, the fire department, etc. Young also made the main theme of his mayorality harassing, cutting funding for, limiting the operations of, and attempting to sue or prosecute members of the police force.* With the police cowed into submission and most of the force’s veterans intimidated into quitting, criminals could act with impunity, and Detroit quickly gained a reputation as the most dangerous city in America, and was hit harder by the crack epidemic and related gang violence than pretty much anywhere else. Young did nothing to stop this crime wave and only continued his demagogic campaign against the police as it happened. The mayors that followed Young were arguably even worse. Thus, Detroit as it has been for the last 40 years.
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