Originally Posted by Ainosterhaspie
How did MJ show us an 8 peat is possible when he couldn't handle more than three straight finals runs? He literally proved twice he didn't have it him him to try for more than three.
But let's pretend MJ isn't who he proved himself to be, i.e. a quitter who kept abandoning the game and his team. The grind and natural complacency that comes with that many wins was going to lead to a slip up by his teammates if nothing else somewhere along the way. There was going to be an injury, or someone being fed up with MJ being an asshole who hits teammates, or some guy with an ego sick of grinding for MJ to get all the glory.
As it was, they barely slipped by the Pacers in 98. If nothing else they lose that series trying for number 8 thought they probably lose something well before that.
The guy averaged 41 ppg and you think he "couldn't handle" the load?
Sounds like he handled a 3-peat better than anyone ever has and could've kept winning as long as he wanted
Otoh, Lebron collapsed in 2014, literally and figuratively, so he wasn't capable of holding up and wasn't good enough to 3-peat..