As discovered by Reddit's NBA hub a couple weeks before LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers lost Round 3 to the Golden State Warriors, James has never won a title in a year without an Alabama title. Since 2010, their wins and losses have gone hand-in-hand.
- 2010-2011: Bama went 10-3, LeBron lost Finals
- 2011-2012: Bama won title, LeBron won title
- 2012-2013: Bama won title, LeBron won title
- 2013-2014: Bama went 11-2, LeBron lost Finals
- 2014-2015: Bama lost in Playoff (to LeBron's Buckeyes), LeBron lost Finals
- 2015-2016: Bama won title, LeBron won title
- 2016-2017: Bama lost title rematch, LeBron lost title rematch
- 2017-2018: Bama won title, LeBron ???
It's noteworthy because of how consistently both are in the championship picture. James' teams have made seven straight Finals, Nick Saban's Bama has had seven straight No. 1 recruiting classes, and both will surely rank within the preseason top two (or relative equivalent) next season.
Comparing James' run to college football's greatest modern dynasty also helps to shore up his legacy against any stray haters, not that that should be necessary. If not even the most stacked non-NFL team in all of football can win the crown every year, why should anyone demand James pull off the same, especially now that MVPs have joined forces against him?
LeBron also made the Finals in 2006-2007, when the Tide went 6-7 under Mike Shula.
Saban's Bama also won the 2009 championship, when LeBron's 1-seed Cavs were upset by the Celtics