LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on April 2, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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LeBron James said early in the NBA season that he’s chasing a ghost and that ghost played in Chicago. James was referring to Michael Jordan.
James has the chance to surpass Jordan as the greatest of all time, the GOAT. Most people aren’t ready to hand that title over to James.
I am willing to say that James will surpass Jordan as the greatest to walk the court. I’m not saying MJ is bad, but James’ resume will give the reason that he should be considered as the GOAT.
James has gone to six consecutive NBA Finals and his most recent Finals performance was his best. James led all players in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and he was the first to ever do that.
Also the fact that James set out to give Cleveland its first basketball championship in its history and achieved that. Also giving Cleveland its first championship since 1964.
James has been compared to Jordan since his high school days, but as he continues to dominate the game, it’s becoming more of a reality that he could be considered the GOAT.
James just moved into eighth place in scoring and will most likely be sixth or seventh by the end of the season. Hess already blew past Jordan in assists.
James had the worst NBA Finals performance ever in 2011 and was considered to be a great player but to never catch MJ after that performance. Since that Finals, James has been a different creature and has had the greatest five-year stretch of anyone.
Since that NBA Finals, James has been the best player in the last five years and has been the best player in every Final since then.
The thing about Jordan is people only know about him not going to a Game 7 or never losing a Finals. What about the years where the Bulls went to the playoffs but got swept?
Jordan went to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, with losing records, only to be swept. His second season doesn’t really count because he sat out due to a broken foot.
Than Jordan faced the “Bad Boy” Pistons three consecutive years in a row and couldn’t defeat them. It took Jordan seven seasons to reach the NBA Finals.
James, on the other hand, missed the playoffs in his first two seasons. One of those seasons he had a winning record.
Made the playoffs in his third year and reached the semis and then in just his fourth season he went to the NBA Finals. James beat Jordan to the Finals.
Jordan couldn’t beat the best teams in the league, sure he beat the Pistons and Celtics, but that’s when those players were past their prime.
James just finished off one of the best Finals performances ever by a player. Not only that, but he beat one of the best teams in NBA history.
A 73 win team couldn’t close out with a 3-1 lead and a Game 7 at home against a James led team.
James also broke up the big three in Boston after ending their run. Killed the Thunders chance of a big three.
Jordan couldn’t win without Pippen and even when he finally got Pippen, they still got beat three years in a row by the Pistons.
James had Wade and Bosh, yes, but it wasn’t a big deal when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen teamed up.
James will beat Jordan’s stats by a long shot. James still has another six plus years in him.
Jordan decided to take the college route and make a college coach rich for three years before heading to the NBA. James decided to make himself rich and head straight to the league.
Jordan also decided to play baseball and missed a season, so that’s four seasons Jordan could’ve made up.
James doesn’t have to catch up to Jordan in titles. If the Warriors and the Cavaliers face off in another NBA Finals and James takes over and wins again, he will be the all-time best.
James will beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals this year and he will have beaten a 73-9 Warriors team down 3-1 for a ring. Now he’ll beat that team with Kevin Durant on it.
How can you not say James isn’t the best after that?
This was not about Jordan being worse than James because Jordan is still the second best to step on the court, but James will be the greatest of all time.