No matter how much basketball fans want to spark up controversy about who is great, you always get the argument of dominance by certain individuals. There is no mistaking the legacy of Michael Jordan but there appears to be a disconnect about the player and his supporting cast. Regardless of whom you ask there will always be a perception of the greatness of Jordan. You will hear things like “Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever live.” There is a truth to this but if we break down the complete game of Michael Jordan and not just look at the scoring, a few guys may have a legitimate argument of being as good as Jordan in a few categories.
Scottie Pippen recently said that James has the ability to be the greatest basketball player ever. Immediately people chastised him and be raided him as bitter that he couldn’t do anything without Jordan. Let us not forget, had the officials made the right call, Pippen and the Bulls would have beaten my New York Knicks and probably won the NBA championship over the Houston Rockets.
When you break down the two players, they have a lot of similarities and a lot of differences. Jordan probably has more of a repertoire of offensive game as he can beat you inside and out. Lebron’s offensive game is maturing but it’s not as seasoned as Mike’s was. However if you look at their careers at age 26, Lebron may be further ahead offensively than Jordan was.
Lets run the Tale of the Tape:
Three Point Shot – Advantage Lebron
Mid Range Jumper – Advantage Jordan
Post Game – Advantage Jordan
Free Throw Shooting – Advantage Jordan
Passing – Advantage Lebron
Ball Handling – Advantage Lebron
Man to Man Defense – Advantage Jordan
Off the Ball Defense – Advantage Jordan
Shot Blocking – Advantage Lebron
Rebounding – Advantage Lebron
When you finish looking at the tale of the tape, it is a lot closer than you think. The difference would be the difference in advantages. For example Lebron may have a slight edge over Jordan in the three point shot, but Jordan’s post game is light years ahead of Lebrons. Jordan’s free throw shooting may only be slightly better than Lebron’s but Lebron’s passing ability is much better than Jordan’s.
Keeping these things in perspective you can argue for now that Jordan is a significantly better player. Jordan has that killer instinct. Lebron has yet to develop it to the point that he will not take his foot off your throat as Mike so often demonstrated. However if Lebron continues to improve his post game and defensive game, you can see where Scottie Pippen was coming from. Needless to say, in some peoples eyes, James can’t ever be a winner. It’s too bad too that we are letting a talent get chastised for doing things his way. It’s a shame but in our society, if you aren’t Dudley Do Right, you get ostracized.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!