|Lebron vs. Jordan: Can there be a tie already?|
|Written by Zack Fulkerson, Sports Columnist|
|Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:03|
Lebron James might be the most divisive player in the NBA. I doubt there’s a single person who would say that Lebron James is a bad basketball player. The controversy lies, not in whether or not he’s good, but elsewhere.
First question: Why does everything have to be a competition? Is it possible that there could be two world-class basketball players (who played in different decades) and were both really talented? It’s not even the same game. And Lebron himself has said that he doesn’t want to be Jordan, nor does he seek his approval.
I don’t even like the comparison, but let’s do it for information’s sake. Michael Jordan is a six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA all-star game MVP, NBA rookie of the year and has two Olympic gold medals. He led the league in scoring in 10 of his 17 seasons, shot 866 consecutive games of 10 points or more and is the oldest player to score 50 points in a game.
James currently has more than 450 consecutive games in which he has scored in the double digits. He’s a three-time NBA MVP, nine-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star game MVP, NBA rookie of the year, and has two Olympic gold medals and one bronze. Unfortunately, and this is the number one talking point, he only has one NBA championship ring (and one NBA Finals MVP). Mind you, Lebron James is only 28 years old. MJ was 28 when he got his first ring.
In other words, LBJ is right on track to be Michael Jordan — if not better. And there’s a simple explanation: He’s the best basketball player in the world, and he trounces all of the other best basketball players in the world. It’s hard to find something that he does wrong. Name the stat, and you can be sure that he’s above average at it.
Michael Jordan was a fantastic basketball player, and everybody will remember him as the best of his time. He will be remembered as one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. He reinvented the game and made basketball exciting for some older generations. But that’s just the thing — I wasn’t even old enough to say I remember Michael Jordan playing basketball; he is only a legend.
Lebron James is a phenomenon I can witness with my own two eyes. He’s this generation’s Michael Jordan, and he will make that clear by the end of his career if he hasn’t proved it to you already. It’s time to stop comparing MJ and LBJ — just let them share the limelight.