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.