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LeBron James to keep championship tradition going between he and Nick Saban

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Their views on barbershop shows may differ, but there is one thing that Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and LeBron James both share in common: winning championships. 

Since 2012, the Crimson Tide’s success on the field goes into direct correlation with James’ success on the court for the National Basketball Association. In the Tide’s national title game victories for 2012, 2013 and 2016, James has followed suit with championships in the NBA Finals whether it has been with the Miami Heat (2012-13) or Cleveland Cavaliers (2016). 

Recently, Alabama captured a national championship over Georgia in January. 

After defeating Boston in a seven-game series, James has the Cavaliers back in the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season. When Saban has won, the path for James has been clear. While he awaits the winner of the Golden State-Houston series, James anticipates winning his third championship and adding another most valuable player award to his trophy case.

Alabama’s Nick Saban and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers may not see eye-to-eye on barbershop ideas, however, Alabama wins as James wins.
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He is heading to his eighth NBA Finals. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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