Much was made during last season's playoffs about LeBron spending time in the frontcourt. If he could make an effective switch to a full-time power forward or center defensive role for an entire postseason series, that would really be something.

Let's see LeBron defend Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan or Dwight Howard in the Finals after guarding, say, Amare Stoudemire, Brook Lopez or Carlos Boozer in the East playoffs.

LIKELIHOOD: 6/10. Difficult, but not impossible, especially since he is Miami's best interior defender.

 

5. BECOME TEAM USA'S G.O.A.T.

There is one significant area where LeBron already has MJ beat: the Olympics. LeBron is one of only three U.S. men's basketball players to participate in three Olympics, and he has a chance to win another medal in 2016.

As for Jordan, he won gold in 1984 and 1992 but passed on the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Skipping these Games is not necessarily a bad mark on Jordan's career, but the Olympics are an opportunity for James to be remembered on his own terms, and not simply based on how he compares to Jordan.

LIKELIHOOD: 8/10. He is already past Jordan here. And while anything can change, James' last public statement about playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics was positive: "If I'm healthy … and if I have the opportunity to be out there, I will do it."

 

6. FOUR-PEAT

If LeBron leads the Heat to a four-peat, he would accomplish something no one since Bill Russell could do. To use a bastardized version of one of LeBron's most infamous quotes: Not Kareem, not Magic, not Larry, not Shaq, not Kobe, not Michael.

LIKELIHOOD: 5/10. LeBron has to get to three before this could be discussed, placing him in that rarefied gauntlet only Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 2003 have faced head on recently. If he wins the 2013 and 2014 titles, what a season 2015 would be. Hoverboards and four-peats for all!

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor. Say hey @ReadJack.


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