Eight years ago LeBron James was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. This year, LeBron won his third MVP award.
Both are distinguished honors.
Both add to LeBron's surmounting legacy.
Both provide credibility to the (perhaps self-imposed) nickname "The King."
But there is one glaring difference between the LeBron James who accepted the Rookie of the Year award and the LeBron James who took home his third MVP: The team in which he leads.
We all know the not-so-storybook-ending for LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron set his sights on a conquest, and then decided to go to battle for a new land, with a new army at his side.
So what's a kingdom to do when they have lost their King? Go out and find themselves a Prince.
And that is exactly what they did with their number one draft pick last summer. Kyrie Irving has been a cavalier for the city of Cleveland. He is the league's Rookie of the Year. He is Cleveland's Prince. And with three first round picks in this upcoming draft to fill the court, Cleveland could have a King once again.