LeBron’s legacy — 3-5 record and all — is as intact as Jordan’s

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  • CloseESPN Senior Writer
    • ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010
    • Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years
    • Author of two books
  • CloseESPN Staff Writer
    • ESPN.com NBA analyst since 2010
    • ESPN.com Insider researcher in 2009
    • Developer of NBA DRAFT Initiative database

OAKLAND, Calif. — For a moment, just imagine if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs.

Now imagine those Raptors moving on to the NBA Finals, eventually getting swept by the league’s best team, the 2017 champion Golden State Warriors.

What would the commentary be surrounding James right now? In today’s hot-take culture and with all the in-progress legacy judging, what sort of scrutiny would James be facing on a daily basis?