Kudos to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for just pulling off a historical comeback in the NBA Finals vs. the Golden State Warriors. Although it was a remarkable accomplishment, this story I wrote more than a year ago still applies.
Here we go again with this debate of who is better. For years people have been searching for the air apparent to Michael Jeffrey Jordan. They try to compare Kobe, LeBron, Magic, and some had the audacity to compare Harold Minor a.k.a “Baby Jordan” to his airness back in the day. Due to his back to back championships and obvious skill set, LeBron James has been the latest ballplayer to be mentioned in the conversation with MJ. LeBron himself even said he wants to be the greatest of all time but admitted he had some years to play to before he should even be considered. Well LeBron, I think that is a great goal but these are the top 5 reasons why he won’t be able to dethrone Mike. (Click “Next” above or below to see next segment)
5. The Change in Rules
Unfortunately this one is out of King James’ hands. Since the league has become more offensively friendly by eliminating hand checking it makes it easier for superior athletes to drive to the basket. Also the emergence of flagrant fouls keeps the violence down when players drive to the middle. In Jordan’s day, especially playing teams like the Knicks and the Bad Boys of Detroit, you would get virtually murdered trying to drive to the hole. With hand checking the way it was back then it was essential for players to have a great mid-range game. LeBron’s mid-range game is suspect because of his streaking shooting. LeBron definitely has the strength to be productive driving but his sometimes shaky mentality may have kept him from penetrating back then. The point is, LeBron plays in era where the rules are more catered to the offensive player.
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The day LeBron James made the decision to take his talents to South Beach is the day he conceded the title of the greatest to MJ. In this current NBA, where testing the free agency waters has become the standard, King James chose to leave Cleveland and join Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a dynamic trio in order to win championships. I actually don’t see anything wrong with that except, LeBron had to join an already proven champion in Wade in order to win his first title. Jordan on the other hand stayed with the team that drafted him and aided in developing the talent around him.
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