The hyperbole is already everywhere, but the thing is, it might not be hyperbole. It might all be justified.
But let's look beyond LeBron's immediate playoff performance for a moment to examine his legacy.
In basketball, there are three career accomplishments that stand out above all others. There are single game and single season accomplishments that are grand, too--however, these three players' cumulative achievements are simply epic in NBA history, and I don't see anything close.
Is LeBron James capable of matching any of these accomplishments?
10 Scoring Titles (Michael Jordan)
It's possible that in another year or two, LeBron is going to be by far the best scorer in the league. But I don't see him getting to 10--Jordan's accomplishment in that regard is almost insurmountable.
11 NBA Championships (Bill Russell)
I would like to say there is no chance of another individual player winning 11 championships. But if somehow LeBron wins a championship this year, with this Cleveland team, I put no ceiling on what he will do. Someday he might get onto a good team that will win 73 games. I would still say he's not getting to 11, though.
6 MVPs (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
This is LeBron's record to break. I think soon, possibly next season or maybe the year after, LeBron will win his first MVP trophy. He'll likely be deserving of MVP every year after that (though you never know what voters might do). I think LeBron will eventually win six or more MVP awards.