LeBron James and the Heat are great enough to win multiple NBA Championships. But greatness isn't the most important thing, and it will take more than that to continue dominating a rapidly changing game.
When a longstanding and culturally integral part of your sport allows for players to punch each other in the head, can you really claim to be concerned about player safety? Hockey is still figuring that out.
The 2003 New Jersey Nets were one of the more doomed NBA Finalists in recent memory. A decade later, they look like one of the more interesting teams of their era. How did such a boring team get so retroactively fascinating?
Elvis Andrus is a franchise cornerstone in Texas, despite a dearth of franchise-player statistics. But there's more to the game than what's measurable, and the quantifiable part of Elvis Andrus' game has little to do with why Rangers fans love him so much.
All basketball players work in the same medium, with something like the same tools. This doesn't mean they're all the same type of artist, though. We know the greatest players not just by the new things they create, but by how they create them.