LeBron James is the Pablo Escobar of basketball

It’s the Lebron James takeover.   

The King isn’t done yet.

What Lebron James, point guard Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers crew pulled off against a vaunted Golden State Warriors team last year stupefied everyone.

Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, James said “not so fast.” Then he chugged a couple of raw eggs and shadow boxed a cardboard cutout of Steph Curry.

James fooled the Warriors in the Finals like that 13-year old kid with the peach fuzz and pencil mustache draining corner threes over winded 12-year olds. Then the kid does the Carmelo three-point celebration where he hits himself in the head and gets a technical for taunting the opponent.

On a separate note, the Netflix original television show Narcos follows the rise and fall of the dangerous Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents hunting him.

In a scene late in the first season (spoiler alert), Escobar dismantles an enemy with a pool stick. This show is not for the light of heart.

Escobar performed a conniving maneuver with the eventual victim of his pool stick attack; he tricked him into thinking he was free and off the hook. Similarly, Golden State thought they were off the hook when they took a 3-1 lead in the finals.

In this scenario, Andre Iguodala and the Warriors represent the pool stick victim and James is Pablo Escobar. The ‘Splash Brothers’ thought they were home free with back-to-back championship rings in hand, as did Iguodala when he raced to the hoop to slam home the basketball late in game seven with the Warriors looking poised to reclaim their first half lead.

Then, low and behold, number 23 came blurring across the court. It seems like it took the King two steps to reach the hoop from half court as he skied high to wipe away Iguodala’s attempt at the rim.

Much like Escobar, James is out here killing fools.

Besides the brash pool-stick-related antics, Escobar possesses a quiet air of superiority. As he strolls around his various compounds, hand firmly tucked into his belt and calmly ordering around his henchmen, there is a certain sadistic element to his tactics.

It’s as if he knows he is putting his family in danger through his actions, yet he knows no other way to show his affection for them.

He is decisive in his orders, having enemies knocked off left and right, but Escobar knows that these decisions will eventually come back to haunt him and his loved ones. The other shoe is a dark cloud that hangs over Escobar in a quotidian fashion, always waiting around the corner.

James is certainly not as down and out as Escobar, but he does have a dark cloud hanging over his every move. This dark cloud wore number 23 and played for the Chicago Bulls and is named Michael Jordan, as James alluded to in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated.

Will James ever be able to shake this cloud and become the greatest of all-time? This is a debate that will rage immediately after his retirement and is dependent on how many more championship rings he can reel in.

There is a moment in Narcos when Escobar stares into the green, luscious countryside as if he cannot believe the rewards he has reaped from it. He has such a deep, intimate relationship with the Colombian soil and people–the ultimate loyalty to a country.

He has been exiled to other countries only to return home once again, stronger and more powerful than ever.

Does this remind you of a certain basketball player from Akron that wears number 23 after four years spent in Miami?