Are we sick of the Lebron James and Michael Jordan comparisons yet? I sure as hell am. Maybe I should just turn off ESPN…but then how the hell am I going to keep up with my sports…..how can I live without Top 10?!
Lebron James, or King James as so many others like to to call him, is a great basketball player, probably one of the best. Everybody in the media wants to talk about Lebron, can’t stop talking about Lebron, and clearly won’t stop talking about Lebron. Ever since his ‘Announcement’ Special aired on ESPN, the world-wide leader of sports won’t stop praising this athlete. Since praise can only get you so far, ESPN decided to mention King James in the same sentence as Michael Jordan, merely to keep the attention on Lebron and his athleticism. If you are a sports fan and someone says Michael, shit, you better pay attention!
But is it at all possible for the media to just stop comparing Lebron to one of the greatest, possibly THE greatest, basketball player of all time ? Why does ESPN have to result in comparison? If Lebron was so great, wouldn’t he be in a league of his own, surpassing Michael?
Let’s do a comparison of our own shall we? Jordan had played 6 seasons in the NBA when he was 27 years old. James has played 9 seasons thus far. Also, Jordan missed 64 games in his second season because he was injured. James never played fewer than 70 games in a season until this year, when teams played a shortened 66-game season. So Jordan had actually played 5 seasons by age 27. I don’t think it’s fair to compare a 9-season career with a 5-season career. It’s obvious that a player will achieve more if he plays 9 seasons instead of just 5. Lebron was drafted out of high school because some considered him to be so good. Michael on the other hand went to college and played for 3 years, taking North Carolina to win the NCAA championship. Smarty Pants.
I think it is just waaaaaaaaay to early to compare Lebron to Michael. Lebron has a long way to go. Maybe Lebron has yet to prove himself, seeing how he has only one 1 lousy title, but all I know is that someone in particular is sick of the comparison. (Yea, you hug that trophy Lebron, might be your last.)
Michael Jordan clearly hates Lebron and it’s awesome. Michael probably doesn’t mind being compared to a newcomer or mentioned in the same sentence, but when sports journalists and broadcasters are bombarding every media outlet and NBA press conference with this tired topic, I think anybody would get sick of it. This relentless association which may or may not be well deserved if ESPN is the one doing all the talking. Especially when Michael says he would rather play with Kobe than Lebron. He is right, “5 beats 1 every the time.” (Kobe, Bring back the FRO!)
Michael Jordan is an international symbol for not just the NBA, but for all sports. From the collectible shoes to his global clothing line, Michael has established his name as an emblem of elite athleticism. For god sakes, he starred in one of the most beloved classic children’s movies, SpaceJam. A basketball player saving the world with the Looney-Tunes……plus an amazing grammy winning soundtrack. “I Believe I can Fly” hello? Can Lebron do that? Naw, guy can barely maintain a conversation let alone save the world. Guy can play on the court but just ain’t the brightest color in the box. Maybe things would have been different if he went to college……
Lebron certainly deserves the accolades because the guy is a beast and a 3 time MVP winner. But when ESPN is giving all the applause adoration, it’s a bit hard to take it seriously because it’s biased. ESPN just wants a story that will catch the attention of their audience, not necessarily the truth. Who knows if Lebron thinks he is just as good or better than Michael. And frankly, I don’t care what Lebron thinks and nobody in the NBA should either. Michael Jordan is Zeus while Lebron is merely a sprite trying to claw his way to the top of Mount Olympus. Jordan didn’t need to leave his team to get a title.
I am just waiting for the day for when some basketball player out of college takes the NBA by storm while the media starts inevitably comparing him to players past, like Lebron…..better yet, comparing him to Jordan. Sweet. I don’t think Lebron’s little heart could take it.