Not MJ, LJ

by - February 13, 2013 - - 2 Comments »

As the comparisons between he and Michael Jordan have begun, LeBron James felt the need to weigh in (via a medium that didn’t exist when MJ played). LeBron tweeted, “I’m not MJ, I’m LJ”. Well, that is precisely why the comparison is going to be appropriate.

Jordan is the Family Feud answer for greatest basketball player ever. Rarely do we ever reach such a consensus when it comes to sports arguments. But that doesn’t mean one has to play like Mike in order to be a great player. Somehow along the way (credit to how awesome Jordan was), Michael Jordan became the archetype for how a basketball player should play. That’s simply not correct and no one was ever going to beat him at his own game.

Kobe Bryant has tried his darndest. He’s an all timer and the closest fascimilie to His Airness we’ve seen. He’s just not quite as good. LeBron does not play like Jordan. He plays unlike anyone before him while producing at a level no one has since MJ. That’s why right now he’s better than Kobe has ever been. And that’s why ultimately it will be fair to compare him to Michael.

So in tweeting that he is not MJ, LeBron actually gave us some insight as to why their names may become inseparable.

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2 Responses to “Not MJ, LJ”

  1. Andy says:

    Hey Robin. Love your radio show. I truly believe it is unfair to fully compare Lebron to Jordan until we compare Lebron to Kobe. Yes, I agree Lebron is doing incredible things throughout his career but i think the journey of the player makes their greatness/legacy. Jordan and Kobe never purposely teamed up with a team of allstars. Jordan and Kobe had players built around them (For Kobe, after Shaq left). i feel that If Lebron would have stayed in Cleveland, the journey of his nba would have been so much better and the nba greats would “accept” him more. Don’t get me wrong, he could one day be the best player but i think Jordan would still be the best because he revolutionized the game as a whole. When they say championships rings matter, it really does because in the playoffs the players are playing at the highest level. It depends on the individuals role, their game, their iqm their willingness and status of that team when people compare players to championships (example, i wouldnt say robert horry is better than jordan, 7 championships to 6). Jordan dominated throughout the playoffs and the way he did it was remarkable. Even during the years he lost to the Celtics and Pistons. He was a monster and he did everything he could. Something I believe Lebron hasn’t fully done yet. He doesnt have that killer instinct. Though he may have it now but it just wasn’t the same as a Kobe or Jordan. I don’t recall Jordan giving up but Lebron has. As far as I am concern, the Houston Rockets should send their rings to Chicago cause if Jordan never retired, I believe he could have gotten 8. I also have to say that during the 80’s and 90’s, it was definitely more hard nose. The refs let the players play, nowadays, hand checks and no true nba enforcer on teams makes it easier on players to do things. The game has changed and have become more fast pace. Even changing to get the ball to half court by 8secs speeds the offense. It’s definitely more offensively minded in the nba now than before. I don’t think any team is truly playing “great” defense because of this. It’s evolved but i dont know if it’s for the better. This is not to say that Lebron would have not done well in the 80’s/ 90’s but i feel that if feel if someone was to put him on his back in the 80’s/90’s he would have been fazed. Just because that’s his mindset. I dont think he is as strong minded as Jordan or Kobe. I don’t think he will ever be. If he is, it isn’t the same as them. I don’t think he yet has the total “it” factor. But again, i truly feel its the nba players body of work and journey that makes their legacy/greatness. As a Knick fan hating jordan, i have to say that, we all have already “witnessED” nba greatest player. This is just my personal opinion but i’m sure ppl will disagree.

  2. Common Anomaly says:

    “Rarely do we ever reach such a consensus when it comes to sports arguments.”

    The Family Feud answer for greatest baseball player ever is even more clear cut than Michael Jordan is to basketball. This baseball player only won 94 career games as a pitcher. But at the age of 21, he led the league in ERA and did not surrender a single home run in 323 2/3 innings pitched. In the World Series that year, despite allowing his first home run of the season, he pitched a 14-inning complete game and won game 2 by a score of 2-1. In addition, this player was also not too shabby at the plate. While not known for his speed, he had 136 triples and 123 stolen bases in his career. While some of George Ruth’s records have been broken, until someone hits over 600 home runs and wins over 90 games as a pitcher, nobody will even be in his ballpark.

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