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Old 05-28-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: South Side
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Scottie should not have backed off the statement. No one wants to say it but it has become increasingly obvious:

Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan. Simple as that.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What does "better" mean?

Better: Makes his players better?
Better: Successful at winning championships?
Better: More undefendable?
Better: Most desired to build a team around?
Better: Most good years in a career?
Better: Would win a one on one?
Better: Would result in more if a negative impact to his team's standings if he were to leave?
Better: Would result in a more positive impact to any other team should he join it?
Better: Better statistics?
Better: Will draw more fans in opposing teams' arenas for road games?
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Lebron wouldn't be the player he is if it weren't for MJ - just as MJ wouldn't have been the player he was if it weren't for Dr. J, etc.

Evolution in sports is a known fact - these young kids are wrong if they don't respect the game and those who came before them.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: South Side
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What does "better" mean?

Better: Makes his players better? -- Yes
Better: Successful at winning championships? -- No.
Better: More undefendable? -- Yes
Better: Most desired to build a team around? -- Yes.
Better: Most good years in a career? -- To be seen.
Better: Would win a one on one? -- Yes.
Better: Would result in more if a negative impact to his team's standings if he were to leave? -- Yes
Better: Would result in a more positive impact to any other team should he join it? -- Hard to say.
Better: Better statistics? -- Statistics are dynamic; to be seen.
Better: Will draw more fans in opposing teams' arenas for road games? -- Irrelevant.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Nope!
He is not better than MJ!
How many rings does he have? He had to leave his team and join with a superstar to try and get his first ring. If you think he is better than MJ, please save that opinion for at least 8 years. If Jordan hadn't been devastated by his Fathers murder, he would most likely have 8 instead of 6.
Your guy has a lot of catching up to do!
Simple as that.
If he can't win one in Miami, where will he go next?
Hollywood?
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: So California
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There is NO statistic you can show, that proves that statement. Nothing.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There is NO statistic you can show, that proves that statement. Nothing.
Therefore, neither MJ nor LJ is better than me.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:44 PM
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I think we need to wait a few years before comparing the two though i never liked comparing players playing different positions.

I still think LBJ is still probably a couple of seasons from getting to the point where people compare his career with Kobe even. Still, i'd rather not compare players to other players playing different positions. I also wonder how Kobe feels about this stuff right now. I'd like to see someone ask Kobe about these comparisons.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:35 PM
FBJ
 
Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Well Lebron has 7 years left until he retires so I will save this discussion for 2018
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I don't think the discussion about who is the greatest basketball player ends with Michael Jordan. Pippen entitled to his observations and perspective. He knows the game and got first-hand look at Lebron during the Heat-Bulls series. I appreciate his comments.

He may be right too. At the end of Lebron's career, we may look back and decide that he was better than Jordan.
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