You cannot convince any person walking the Earth that anyone is better than Michael Jordan, the player.
Now Michael Jordan the person, well...I don't mean to judge but let's be honest here people, he's not as perfect as many of you would like him to be.
I am not going to get into the sins he may commit. He indiscretions with marriage, his hard core gambling, his calling out of people during his hall of fame speech, his ass kickings in the dressing rooms of the United Center (or the old Chicago Stadium) whichever you prefer. However, I will get into the basis of his comments earlier in the week.
Five beats one every time I look at it. And not that (James) won't get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.
Mm hm. Five is bigger than one. Give the man a prize. So by your logic Jordan, are you saying Bill Russell is a better ball player than you? Are you saying Robert Howry is better than you? I mean if five is bigger than one, then 11 and 7 is bigger than six right MJ?
This isn't sour grapes because MJ picked Kobe over Lebron because everyone knows I a big fan of Lebron. No, this is called stupidity. And honestly it is the same stupidity that I hear from Jordan fans on a daily basis. When I say that, I am not saying Jordan fans are stupid, but I will say they are a little insecure.
LeBron James is the best player actively right now. You can't tell me there is one player actively playing that is better. Kobe overall may have better numbers, but Lebron has been shattering those every time he takes the court these days. Lebron just took the title of youngest person to reach 25000 pts from Kobe.
Who's to say he can't eclipse Jordan?
Perhaps Jordan says he wants Kobe because his competitive spirit won't allow him to give Lebron props. That's a theory my buddy Jim says, one that I can get on board with. It's pretty obvious that Bryant will never catch up with Jordan in any of his career achievements.
Lebron at only 28 years old is a much different story.
Lebron can play any position at any time. He just finished creating a new club that he's an exclusive member of. It's the 60% 30 point club. Jordan isn't even a member.
One of the biggest criticisms of Lebron was that he needed to join Wade's team. He took over Wade's team. The NBA of today is in the business of creating super teams. Sorry that's the culture we're in. If you mean to tell me that recruiting Rodman the first year Jordan lost wasn't part of that philosophy, I laugh at you.
However, when it's all said and done, I don't feel the need to argue about MJ vs Lebron. In fact, in my opinion there is no argument. Michael without a doubt is the man. Can Lebron catch him? He might. If he continues to play at the level he has played over the course of the last two years, he most likely will. Heat and Lebron fans are content with that, Bull fans are not. They want their dude to remain at the throne. I will remind you that nothing lasts forever my friends.
What Lebron needs to do to be part of the conversation with Michael is continue to play at a high level. It won't matter how many rings he gets. Honestly, he will get one this year, so that makes two and according to the math professor, 5 is bigger than 2. Let's face it, Jordan made a grave error when he made that comment. It's reminiscent of his highlight reel with the Wizards and Bobcats as an executive.
In Jordan's world, Russell has 11 and he has 6. 11 is bigger than 6, which is a number, but Jordan is bigger than Russell.
Why can't the same be said for Mr. James?
Anyhoot, happy birthday Mr. Jordan. Good luck making those Bobcats contenders.
Keeping it real,