I know the book has not closed on Lebron’s career yet, but when people talk about him being better than Michael Jordan the hair on the back of my neck stands up. During the NBA Finals there was no shortage of commercials with Dr. J saying “either you have a ring or you don’t.”
Let’s use that as our measuring stick. MJ was 6-0 with all the chips on the line, Lebron is 3-5. I’m not seeing where the comparisons are. I’ll give it to Lebron that making 7 finals in a row is a mind numbing statistic. In my not so humble opinion here is what has kept Lebron from achieving that final plateau of greatness. He has never completely figured out that to win on the highest level he needs to continually elevate the level of the players around him.
It took Jordan a while to figure out that hanging 63 points on the Boston Celtics in a playoff game wasn’t good enough, they lost that game and the series. I even think Lebron has a more talented team around him in Kyrie, JR and Kevin than Jordan did during all his runs. Who did Michael have? For the first run he had Pippen, Horace and some role players. For the 2nd run he had Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Yes Dennis Rodman of all people. If he can get him to buy into the team or the “triangle” Lebron needs to get that out of his teammates. The Warriors have great players but they play a selfless style of ball.
The Great Wayne Gretzky talks about when he broke Gordie Howe’s record for assists. “You’ll never catch me bragging about goals, but I’ll talk all you want about my assists. Hockey is a team game, and to me assists are the ultimate “team” stat.”
Lebron if you want to be the best ever work on the ultimate team stat. And when you get to the finals don’t blink. Jordan never did.