By now, there's hardly any doubt hanging over LeBron James' legacy - no matter what happens from here on out.
After three NBA Championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, 14 All-Star Appearances and numerous inclusions in All-NBA First Teams, the new Los Angeles Lakers star deserves to be mentioned among the greats. However, there's one more fact out there that really proves his worth: LeBron James makes coaches look amazing.
So Luke Walton isn't looking that great just yet, but it's only going to be a matter of time until King James pulls things together (providing Walton stays put).
When LeBron is on a team, that team is going to win games and they're also going to hog the spotlight. When he leaves, they simply fade away from the talk and coaches hardly survive.
Tyronn Lue couldn't last more than six games without James and he couldn't win a single one. A coach mostly remembered for being stepped over by Allen Iverson, Lue was able to win a ring - going up against the Golden State Warriors at that - with LeBron in his team, also making it to two subsequent NBA Finals.
Mike Brown, a decent head coach, posted a 75-78 record without the star under his watch, and that includes his tenure in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers.
James has played under seven coaches since getting drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, only one stands a cut above the rest. Enter Erik Spoelstra.
The Miami Heat skipper - also one of the most respected coaches in the NBA - is the only one who could boast winning without LeBron. Spoelstra helped lead the Heat to two championships and four straight finals appearances with The King on his roster. And while things have been far from rosy since the star's departure in 2014, Miami simply can't be considered pushovers.
The coach also boasts a 263-236 record without James.
Of course, Spoelstra has had superstar talent in the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to work with. But Lue had Kevin Love while Brown had Kyrie Irving.
Since he entered the league, the only one of LeBron’s coaches who has a winning record without him on the roster is Erik Spoelstra.— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) October 28, 2018
Meanwhile, Jewish coach David Blatt came into the league with a great reputation from his time working in Europe but was fired midway through the 2015-16 season, having coached the team to the finals the previous year. The Cavs won a championship the season he was axed, with Lue in charge, and sent Blatt a ring considering he played a part as well.
The 59-year-old, though, hasn't been able to land another job in the NBA since he was let go by Cleveland.
We're going to have to wait to see what happens with Walton, now that his job is thought to be on the line. But as mentioned above, things should come together as the season moves along.