Last Name Ever, First Name Greatest: The King

Quick (actually longer) introduction:

Michael Jordan couldn’t win anything with Doug Collins as his head coach or against elite completion in the 1980’s with the superior L.A. Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Boston Celtics teams beating the Bulls time and time again. Jordan needed Phil Jackson, arguably one of the best head coaches of all time and a very week 1990’s collection of NBA players to win his 6 NBA Championships. Even when an elite team emerged in the 90’s such as the Houston Rockets, Jordan was playing minor league baseball not competing for another NBA title. Lebron James has been coached by Erik Spoelstra, David Blatt, and Mike Brown and company. Do I dare say more? Lebron played against arguably the most consistent, best coached, and most balanced basketball championship dynasty in the San Antonio Spurs. Lebron James has played against more skilled, faster, and definitely more athletic and versatile players than Jordan did against the likes of John Stockton and Penny Hardaway. Michael Jordan played in an era with bulky un-athletic big men and guards without left hands who couldn’t shoot nearly as well as shooting guards today. Hand-checking was the norm and Jordan received plenty of calls and they even named it the fouls he received time and time again the Jordan Rules. Lebron gets nearly tackled in overtime of the NBA finals and doesn’t even get a whistle.

Now Here is the Breakdown of Information on why Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan and is the best player ever:

Jordan had more talent around him than Lebron
Michael Jordan for the vast/majorty part of his career had far superior talent playing alongside him then Lebron James. I know that Lebron had Chris Bosh and an aging/often injured/past his prime Dwayne Wade as his teammates but do people forget that Scottie Pippen is one of the top 50 players of all time in the NBA? Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and company made Michael Jordan’s life a lot easier.

Lebron can guard the 1,2, 3, and 4, Jordan couldn’t
Michael Jordan used his speed and athleticism to shut down opposing perimeter players. Lebron James is just as athletic and is more than capable of dominating almost any opposing player from point/shooting guards to power forwards. An example is Lebron could guard Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, and Larry Bird well. Jordan could not, though Jordan could guard a very well at the 2 and 3 spot in most cases.

Lebron on offense can play the 1, 2, 3, and 4 very well
Lebron in comparison to Jordan in this context is simple. Lebron plays point guard, Jordan needed the B.J. Armstrong and company. Lebron can start on 75% of the NBA’s teams rosters as a power forward, Jordan could not. The only other legit comparison is Magic Ervin Johnson and that is most likely is because Magic is a Spartans, and Spartans can do almost anything.

James is a Better Passer/Distributor

James has averaged nearly 7 assists per game for his career, while Jordan averaged 5.3 assists per game. Lebron James is a better passer, and he makes his teammates better. James is better able to involve his teammates in the game and move the ball around to be more efficient on offense.

Lebron James is a better Teammate
Jordan was quoted as essential using fear to make his teammates better. This is the lesson that Kobe Bryant took from MJ but no one really likes Kobe as a teammate wear MJ’s teammates more than less liked him. Then there is Lebron James who is well known to use encouragement and shows his trust in his teammates by passing them the ball throughout the game in order to instill confidence in them. Lebron installs a more sense of family with his teammates and that is not debatable.

Lebron Risked More of the Court

Lebron James takes more risks of the court by taking stands on controversial issues. This has nothing to do with him better a better basketball player than Michael Jordan but this has to be brought up for all of the kids growing up in the 90’s who thought that Jordan was a choir boy who could walk on water because he was such a good role model for America’s youth. Many people forget that The Decision (2010) raised several million dollars for charity, including $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Rather you like Lebron’s social or poltical stands is one thing, but at least he does take a stand unlike Jordan. Lebron James said, “I think it’s a very important election for everyone, (when he decided to publicly support Barack Obama)” James said. “Everyone, they talk about having a right to vote. Just don’t talk about it, actually go out and do it. And let your voice be heard, and I’m happy to be in the position I am.” On the other hand, there’s an old political story about Michael Jordan, in which he reportedly turned down the opportunity to support Democrat Harvey Gantt in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race. His reasoning? “Republicans buy shoes, too.” Know once should care if Michael Jordan or Lebron James are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents politically. It is just reassuring that professional athletes like Lebron would take a stand even if it meant that some people what not buy his shoes for example because of a political stance.

Lebron James is a Better Rebounder
Jordan averaged 6.2 rebounds per game in his career, while Lebron is averaging nearly seven and a half per game. James has superior size and strength, it’s easy to see why he is a better rebounder.

Simply, Lebron James is a more complete player all-around
LeBron has nearly 50 career triple doubles (third all-time). Jordan had 27 of them in his career. Lebron is only 30 and he can play til his 40 if he eventually switches to the power forward position when he gets into his late 30’s.

Jordan as of now has more NBA Championships than Lebron, who cares!
If that is the case, Bill Russell has 11 championships so he clearly must be the best ever. Robert Horry has 7, one more than Michael Jordan, does that automatically make him better than Jordan and James? No! Just stop it already…….

Some other fun facts in case you’re still not convinced:
*The Miami Heat without LeBron James missed the playoffs this season. The Bulls without Jordan made the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
*After 15 seasons in the league, LeBron James will still be dominating the competition (next year is his 13th in the league). Michael Jordan retired after his 15th.
* LeBron James has been to the same number of NBA Finals as Michael Jordan (6) with another 10 seasons ahead of him.

Lebron James is down three games to two in the NBA Finals and he is clearly the NBA Final MVP.

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