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LeBron's former coaches weigh in on their former player's greatest accomplishment

Posted at 2:16 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 15:25:21-04

After the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, national pundits began debating whether we had all just witnessed LeBron James' greatest accomplishment.

The argument goes like this: The Cavaliers had a tumultuous season complete with a mid-season roster overhaul, injuries to key players, and Coach Tyronn Lue missing several games due to health concerns.

The Cavs came into the playoffs as a number four seed, but James' stellar post-season performances, in which he averaged 34 points, pushed the team to the finals for the fourth straight time. For James, it will be his eighth trip in a row to the finals, including his time with the Miami Heat.

Is making it to the finals in 2018 bigger than his first championship? Is it a bigger feat than leading the Cavs to victory and breaking Cleveland's 52-year-long championship drought?

News 5 spoke with three men who coached LeBron when he was a kid: Dru Joyce, who coached the phenom at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and Audley McGill and Frank Walker, who were James' first coaches during Akron recreational ball at Summit Lake Recreation Center.

All of the men agreed James' off-the-court achievements are greater than what he has done during his NBA playing time.