Lebron james has basically owned the headlines in the last two weeks. James has been averaging 30 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assist per game and shooting over 60 percent from the field.
Michal Jordan had a recent interview with NBA TV, and this is what he had to say when asked who would he pick, “Kobe or Lebron?”
“If you had to pick between the two, that would be a tough choice, but five beats one every time I look at it. And not that he (James) won’t get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.”
Lebron is playing at an exceptionally high level right now but Jordan has a great point. There are a number of players, great players who have managed to win at least one championship. Winning the championship one time isn’t enough in my opinion, winning the championship 4 times is still not enough. There are players like Robert Horry and Derek Fisher who have multiple rings but will never be mentioned in the same breath as Jordan and Bryant. What made players legendary was their ability to score and lead their teams to victory at will. To make something out of nothing and still be able to do it effortlessly. Lebron James is headed in that direction of course, but to compare him to Michael Jordan or even Kobe Bryant at this stage in his career is unfair to Lebron himself and other greats that have been through a lot more.
Jordan made it clear that he would side with the player with the most championships, but does having multiple rings make you the greatest? If that’s the case Bill Russell is the greatest NBA player of all time because he has 11 rings. But we all know that’s far from being true.