Will Lebron ever really be the king of the game of basketball? Deciding on who’s the best ever is so hard to decipher. Why? Well it’s because it’s all really subjective. It’s like trying to decide who is the best team ever.
Try putting the 1995 – 1996 Chicago Bulls up against the 1986 – 1987 Los Angeles Lakers or the 2015 – 2016 Golden State Warriors and a lot of factors come into play. Which rules are we playing by? If you play by the rules of the 80’s, then the Lakers win this one easily. If you play by the rules of the 90s, then the Bulls beat the brakes off both of those teams. However if the game is officiated the way it is today, Neither of those great teams can match up against the 3 point arsenal that the Warriors would display.
What does that mean? When you choose who is the greatest ever, it’s subjective. Lebron is a great all around player. He’s done more with less than any NBA player not named Tim Duncan. Jordan was and is considered by most to be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) and rightfully so. Jordan set the bar and honestly if he played in today’s game, I’m not so sure he wouldn’t average 40, 12, and 10.
Here’s the thing that puts me in a conundrum over Jordan vs. Lebron. Lebron is a better rebounder, but he should be. He’s 6’9″ and outweighs Mike by at least 50 pounds. But that’s also what makes Lebron special. he’s the biggest most athletic player we’ve ever seen play the game. We’ve never seen anyone 270 lbs that can play all 5 positions on the floor and guard all 5 positions on the floor.
But other than rebound and pass, what does he actually do that stands out and puts him above Michael Jordan? That’s what makes me believe Mike is still the king. His ability to play in any era and still be the most dominant player on the floor makes Mike the best.
The argument is a good one. It’s also a fun one. But let’s not get caught up in the hype, Mike is still the man. Lebron has done more with less but when they were both fully loaded, Mike never came up short. That’s what separates him from Lebron.
1. LeBron James
The King is arguably one of the three greatest players to ever play the game. We’ve never seen a man of his size and stature do what he does at a rate that he does it. He’s been able to escape injury most of his career and he is physically unexplainable. Standing 6’8” and weighing about 260 pounds he runs like a gazelle and can jump like a kangaroo. Once he added post play to his resume and brought a title to “The Land” it was impossible to keep him off this list at the top spot.
2. Tim Duncan
Revered by many as the most fundamental basketball player ever, Tim Duncan is holding down the second spot on this list. Duncan has proven himself to be the most complete big man to ever play the game. He’s nearly automatic from 16 feet on in. As many would say there are only three things in life you can count on: Death, Taxes, and Tim Duncan’s bank shot. Continue reading
Being a part of something small is easy and can offer success. There are guys who deliver in a big way on the small stage. This past year I’ve seen first hand how guys can be spectacular on the small stage and occasionally step up in big situations but for some reason they melt down when given the biggest of stages.
In order to make history you have to be willing to accept a challenge, meet it head on, and excel in the process. What does that mean? It means that the people who lead have to be able to lead and carry when the opportunity presents itself. Continue reading
All star weekend is upon us and it’s officially a bust for me. Why? Because it was supposed to be played in NC. It was supposed to be an event that would allow me to pay homage to my favorite era of players (classes of 02 and 03) as they get ready to pass the torch on to the next generation of great ball players.
Chances are this year will be the last one that any of those guys are All Star worthy with the exception of Lebron James. When you look at the roster, Melo was a late addition, D Wade didn’t get enough votes, Chris Paul is notably absent, Bosh no longer hoops, and D Howard is no longer the elite big man in the NBA. Continue reading
Every few seasons the king of the NBA or dueling kings of the NBA have to pass the torch to the next in line to control the way the NBA is viewed. Every era has had its king or dueling kings. Go back to the 70’s and it was Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
The 80’s brought us Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and if Julius Erivng hadn’t been late to the party, there’s a very good chance he might have been able to have a say so in that argument as well. The 90’s brought us Michael Jordan. Jordan stood alone on the throne but there were several who would have been able to claim it, had his airness not been so dominant during that era.
The turn of the Century brought us Kobe and Tim Duncan. Continue reading
There are only so many chances in life to witness greatness. You aren’t really sure at first if you’re watching it until you can’t stop finding a reason to look. I’ve seen greatness in spells in my lifetime. I saw Muhammad Ali defy the odds, I saw Mike Tyson for 3 years be as unstoppable as a man can be. I remember watching Kareem with the sky hook make the greatest defenders of all time look like mere mortals.
As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate the great athletes and what they bring to the table. Barry Sanders comes to mind when I think of a person who has done the most with less. Michael Jordan comes to mind when I think of one man who when surrounded by a great cast can put on an epic show that is undeniable. However the latest additions to legendary status in my opinion are Lebron James and Tom Brady. Continue reading