Re: LEBRON'S SKILLS ARE SUPERIOR TO JORDAN'S, HE WILL ULTIMATELY BE GREATER!
posted at 5/29/2011 2:55 AM EDT
You beat me to the punch. First, I am not a Jordan fanboy (i hate the guy because of his influence the mid range shot dissapeared from the nba). Objetively Lebron is a freak of nature and has a better body shell than jordan (taller, heavier, bigger and stronger). However there are several problems with Pippen and communist contrarian argument:
1. The leadership: Whose team is Miami? Lebron or Wade?
Ask yourself if Jordan would have bailed from Chicago in similar circumstances than Lebron (the decision).... Yes players can be free agents but they still have to respect the fans and the team sponsors. Jordan does not play a second fiddle and i believe this is still Wade's team (guy won an championship and he has only played for Miami in his career).
2. Playing through injuries: Lebron's magical elbow during the Celtics 08 series, Lebron cannot play through pain.
3. Jordan's strong mental will precluded him not to be swept in a playoff series even when younger. See his 63 point game vs. Boston.
4. The carrying problem (crab dribble)... See his Nike commercial and them tell me how many steps he takes to the basket after stopping the dribble.
I saw some of a glimpse of what Lebron could be during the Boston series, however, his past history and poor lack of judgement will relegate Lebron as someone like Pete Rose (good offensive numbers but his personal judgment in question). The sad thing is that if he played with the same fire in Cleveland he might had actually beat Boston or Orlando without defecting to Miami. Who knows....
The basketball holy trinity will always be Jordan, Bird and Magic in my book (with Bill Russell as the equivalent of puppet master of the three). Lebron and Kobe could had been there but intangibles and personal misconduct will not let them reach the upper echelons of greatness in my book.
To recap, Lebron has the better body but not the better mind. Jordan wins.
In Response to Re: LEBRON'S SKILLS ARE SUPERIOR TO JORDAN'S, HE WILL ULTIMATELY BE GREATER!
[QUOTE]Your argument falls apart in two key spots. I Pippen and Rodman/Grant in NO WAY compare in talent to Wade and Bosch. Yes they were first class defenders Rodman was a great rebounder BUT After Jordan what did did Pippen and Rodman do? not much except be overpaid. Here's what Pippen did : " On May 13, 1994, down 0—2 in the series and tied 102—102 in Game 3, Bulls coach Phil Jackson needed a big play from his team to have any chance of going on to the conference finals. With 1.8 seconds left and the score tied, Jackson designed the last play for rookie Toni Kukoc , with Pippen instructed to inbound the basketball. Pippen, who had been the Bulls' leader all season long in Jordan's absence, was so angered by Jackson's decision to not let him take the potential game-winner that he refused to leave the bench and re-enter the game when the timeout was over." Because Pippen was not a leader .... he was a loser. And now Pippen is the first to crown James as better than MJA... LOL Wade is an established superstar NBA champ in his own right, in his prime, Bosh is an elite NBA scorer approaching his prime... With or without James on the floor the heat are a credible NBA contender... 2 Jordan was a leader ,,, James is not., This will play out over the next few years and James will NOT win the championships and MVPs that Jordan did... because his teams will blow up.
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