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Last week, in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's playoff record for most games with at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists. It was another milestone for the Miami Heat superstar. As the Heat heads to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row, it's time to admit that James has now taken Jordan's place as the greatest of all time. But you will never hear the former-players-turned-commentators admit it.
Guys like Steve Kerr (who recently left TV to coach Golden State), Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal will never give LeBron the crown. Barkley and friends all played in the Jordan era and are endorsed by Michael. They wouldn't say anything to make him mad.
LeBron has surpassed Jordan in every facet of the game, though. Jordan had to learn to pass the ball, but finding the open man is part of LeBron's instinct since he was winning championships at the high school level. Every dunk Jordan did, LeBron can do better. He can cover five positions on the court, even center. Jordan couldn't do that.
Off the court, LeBron is a better teammate than Jordan was. Michael would never have visited a teammate having a poor series to cheer him up like LeBron (and Dwyane Wade) did with Chris Bosh. Jordan was always flying out to the casinos or wherever he hung out on his own. Whenever the Chicago Bulls came down to play Miami during the Jordan era, all the players would come to my nightclub. The only one who didn't show up was Michael.
However, you will not see any commentators who played at the same time as Jordan say LeBron is the best ever. Jordan never faced the criticism and opinions of ex-players as LeBron has either. Jordan never had to worry about someone like Barkley saying Wilt Chamberlain was the best because he's the only player to score 100 points in one game. Hell, Barkley is the biggest hypocrite. He says LeBron should go back to Cleveland, yet Barkley bounced around teams like a groupie chasing a ring throughout his career.
It's time these hall-of-fame pundits acknowledge LeBron's place in history.
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what's the authors view on Lebron James being better than Michael Jordan now? Can you do an updated article. Would be great!
Oh, and don't fucking compare lebron's character to MJ. MJ would never close down a highway to have the police escort him to a concert. He's the epitome of narcissistic personality disorder.
Please tell me that this is just some intern who isn't actually getting paid to write this completely unsubstantiated garbage. Lebron consistently disappears at the game's highest stage, which is currently the most obvious reason among many why he will never come close to His Airness! Seriously, how can you compare the two with a straight face, let alone doing the downright silly in claiming that lebron is better than MJ, when Lebron only averages about 23 points a game in the NBA finals. Jordan averaged 41 a game in the 93 finals for fuck sakes to go along with his over 33 a game career average in the NBA Finals. FIRE THIS ASSHOLE!!
ridiculous article filled with blanket statements and no stats to back it up.....jordan was perfect 6/6 in finals.......whats lebrons record luke?
Also, it is not a foregone conclusion that Heat will beat the Spurs this year. They pose huge match up problems in the front court, and their big three are just as good as the Heat collectively. The Spurs were seconds away from sending the Heat packing last year, and I don't know they will get so lucky this year. My point being, knowing LeBron is playing for one team does not evoke a conclusive confidence that said team will win. When Jordan was on the court, you expected that victory was inevitable.
There are several reasons that Jordan was better than LeBron. The main being that Michael never vanished in games when it mattered which translated to six consecutive championships during the Jordan era. It could even be speculated that he'd have won eight straight were it not for his first retirement. LeBron has watched two teams hoist the trophy at his expense, and his performances during those finals were lackluster at best. There were times when he deferred to teammates when he should have taken over the game, or even disappeared completely. MJ always wanted to prove he was the best on the court and seldom disappointed. You never questioned whether he had given it his all or his desire to win continuously. LeBron may have more raw talent than Michael ever did, but Jordan will never have the blemish of a finals loss on his record. Stats don't make one the greatest, the ability to win at all costs is. Jordan ALWAYS played with the heart of a champion.
Who ever wrote this column is retarded...Lebron better than Jordan excuse me while I throw up. I love Lebron but ain't no way in hell he gets the nod over your airness. Stop drinking your own urine. Michael"Bad"Jordan was pure badness he didn't join his foes to get a ring he stopped his foes from getting one. The only one that can smile out of this situation is Dwayne Wade. Play only 28 games play in playoffs go to Finals and on the verge of his fourth ring. He can always say that " I didn't need the king he needed me" he pulled up stakes from his own team to join and help me win yet again. Lebron is great but not the greatest. I pick the Spurs in six.
That's what I love about LeBron! He is a human with a heart. In fact, the entire Heat team has that mentality. Jordan and so many other athletes and celebrities have a God complex. I remember getting in an elevator with Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. I happen to have a pen and paper on me because I was at a convention hoping to get someones autograph. I said I'm a big fan of his music and thanked him. He just gave me this fake smile. Then, I asked him for an autograph. He took the pen and paper and held it until the elevator stopped and opened. He threw the pen at me, HARD, then just walked away. Ever since then, I avoid his music like the plague. Moral is, that was f****d up and I respect the Heat and LeBron a lot because they are not like that.
James cannot hold a candle to Jordan's competitiveness