For all you player haters out there, let me tell you this: LeBron James is the greatest basketball player in the history of the NBA. Michael Jordan’s days are gone: he is washed out and really, was only just a cheap knockoff of Dr. J. If Jordan did not have Scotty Pippen, Bill Cartright, Phil Winnington, John Paxon, Steve Kerr, BJ Armstrong and the best EuroLeague player in NBA history, Tony Kukoc, he would have zero rings on his fingers. Jordan never could carry his team like the man of the hour: LeBron James.
Just from a look at YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, we can already tell who is the favorite. Michael Jordan’s YouTube videos and Twitter follows pale in comparison to that of King LeBron James. This proves that LeBron is not just a NBA champion, but rather a champion of the people. In a day and age when sports critics and news casters love to drink hatorade (Sir Charles Barkley, we are looking at you), we see LeBron James rises above the pettiness and when it counts, he gets the job done. No excuses. No copping out. He is a solid, true basketball star who has fun while he is winning.
Even as your read my true words right now, I know for a fact that many of you have been corrupted by the teachings of Kenny “The Jet” Smith and his little buddy Charles Barkley.
You have been brainwashed into thinking LeBron James is just a big kid who is not ‘serious enough’ for his needed role.
These two men just love to poke and prod where they do not belong, all the while secretly happy that they never had to go against this fierce champion.
Let us review a few things: Kenny “The Jet” Smith could never guard LeBron James or shoot with his pretty, high-arching jump shot.
And Charles Barley had the benefit of Kevin Johnson and Danny Ainge always having his back.
Let us not even talk about the legendary Dan Marjerle, who Barley tried to downplay as the ‘gay John Stockton’.
Gay or not, short-shorts or not, Marjerle’s 3 pointers where always there to save the day when Sir Brick-a-lot was shooting awkward looking jumpers off the back-iron. That is to say, those who study under the philosophies of Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley are misguided: you need some education on why LeBron James is greater than Michael Jordan.
But we live in an age of science, so let us break it down. There will be no leftover room for anyone to talk after a simple analysis. LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all time.
1. Time (LeBron James at Age 28 vs Michael Jordan at age 28)
LeBron James has already been in more NBA finals than Jordan and has also won more finals. James has also not had the coaching of Phil Jackson, the deep bench of the Chicago Bulls or the iconic, untouchable celebrity status that has referees calling a fall on someone if they look at you funny. And do not try to play it off, Jordan had such an “easy-touch” media following with the cartoons (Pro-Stars_, Be Like Mike campaign, Hanes, Nike, and whatever other 80s-90s sports hero culture allowed, that it slipped into the NBA. Refs always played it easy on Michael Jordan, except in New York. And how many times did we see John Starks and friends make MJ tear up a little bit?
LeBron James is always fighting an uphill battle, in our cross-fingered waiting for a celebrity to slip culture. It seems the only person on TV who is fairly looking at LeBron James is Magic Johnson.
2. Magic Johnson Reborn
Magic Johnson was probably the greatest player of his era. Michael Jordan and the other stars of the late 80s and early 90s of the NBA got off easy, in that Magic Johnson’s illness caused him to pull out of the NBA before he truly reached his full potential in seating a powerful Lakers franchise. Given enough time, the West would have been tempered by Magic’s perma-presence and always produced a team strong enough to take down Jordan and his teammates. All of the Bull’s 90s era success was largely born by the fact that Magic Johnson was not there to dismantle them.
But LeBron is nearly Magic reborn. Oversized for his abilities, LeBron James is versatile in that he has great ball control, shooting ability and universal awareness on the court. His passing is flawless and not even the ghost of Pistol Pete Marovich could prove a better point guard.
Combined with his ability to lead a team of very ordinary, injured players and his Magic Johnson like presence, and the fact that he is already leading Jordan in every ‘best player’ category that matters, you start to see something:
LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan, and as such, must therefore be the greatest NBA player of all time.