Now that Lebron James has won his fourth Most Valuable Player award in the past five years, I can say something that I never thought I would say. When it comes to the ultimate debate, Jordan or James, I’m picking James. I know I know. That’s blasphemy for someone who grew up in the Michael Jordan Era. I’ve seen Jordan take out my Indiana Pacers, who probably had their best shot at winning a championship. Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller had a beautiful back and forth during that 7 game seven. I’ve seen Jordan do all of his scoring, dunking, playing, leading during the 1990′s. I’ve seen Space Jam, plenty of times. But guess what, when it comes to pure physical game, give me Lebron James. He’s such a specimen of a man that I would gladly take him as the first pick in my pick up game.
He might not reach some of the championship levels that Jordan has reached. But he might get more MVP awards than Jordan at the rate he’s going. And he might be a better all around player than Jordan at the rate James is going. I mean this guy, Lebron James, could possibly average a triple double if he put his head down and did it. This season, he was at 27 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists PER GAME. Did you just look at those numbers? His shooting percentage has gone UP each season. That’s right, his shots have fallen more often as he’s got older. Isn’t that the scary part? Who knows what kind of numbers he might get NEXT SEASON if this trend of an improve shot goes?
I know James won’t come out and say he wants to be better than Jordan, but if he’s got any sort of competitive spirit that we fans want him to have, he would believe that. I think Kobe Bryant wants to be better than Jordan. And those guys are so similar it’s eerie. I mean even in body, they look the same. Which is why with James, I have to give him the edge over Jordan. I do know Jordan could post up every so often. But with so many big men around, I don’t imagine Jordan playing at any position on the floor, and working as well as James does. I mean James could be like Magic Johnson in a way, and play any position you ask him.
I hate having to sit down, and say who I would take as come on, both guys are so good in their own way. But this is the debate that people love to have, and I know I was on Jordan’s side for so many years, and now it just has to be Lebron James. He’s taken the NBA by storm, and he’s dragged me across that line in the sand. It took some pulling, and my body hurts, but you know James is the King.