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For The Sake Of LeBron James, Stop The Jordan Comparisons

Submitted by on June 27, 2013 – 9:03 amNo Comment
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LeBron James is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest NBA players to have ever touched the hardwood. With his second NBA championship in the books, King James has proven that he’s got the goods to be considered one of the best to play the game. But, for the love of the game, please stop comparing him to Michael Jordan.

Understandably so, the comparisons have been inevitable for the most part. There hasn’t been a player this special since Jordan. Not even Kobe Bryant roared into the league with the fanfare LeBron has and lived up to the hype. Watching how he plays the game has been a treat. Witnessing James take over games with his all-around brilliance has been amazing. But the problems surface when people try to draw a comparison to His Airness.

And all it does is hurt LeBron, because we expect even more than what he’s already given.

The truth is that LeBron’s career is far from over. He still has chapters to write in his book of greatness. But to compare him to a man who went six for six in the NBA finals with six championship rings and is widely regarded as the greatest athlete in any sport is a disservice to James. People try to conjure up reasons why LeBron is better today than Jordan. Why? Because people like something to compare someone to and LeBron is damn near incomparable. A monster of a man with gifts and a basketball IQ sent from the gods, King James is a freak of nature. He can do things right now better than Michael Jordan did at this age. But does that make him better? No.

Michael Jordan’s legacy was cemented after two three-peats. (He could have possibly won eight titles in a row had he not retired briefly for baseball). Some argue about his super team on the second three-peat, but you can’t argue about the first as Jordan inherited Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant and then helped them grow. It’s unfortunate in a few ways that LeBron will forever be scrutinized for “The Decision,” but as of right now his legacy is tied to joining two All-Stars on the Heat that were already considered as top 10-15 players.

But with LeBron winning his second ring in four tries and in the manner he did it, it’s obvious that he still has a long way to go before his legacy is complete. Comparisons to Jordan are premature and should only dominate conversations once his career winds down and he racks up the accolades to compete. As of right now, it is fair to say that LeBron James is the greatest player of our generation, one that includes Kobe Bryant. But give the man a break, after what will be considered one of the most significant moments of his career, let LeBron be LeBron and enjoy his ride.

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