Nostalgia is a crazy thing, sometimes things we remember as larger than life are just merely great. A perfect case in point are the arguments surrounding the Dream Team and 2012 Olympic Team, we think about 90′s basketball and it’s the memories we have of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael Jordan that lives in the threads of our mind over the fact of the truth.
But I digress.
Syracuse basketball head coach and Olympic assistant coach, Jim Boeheim, had nothing but compliments for Miami Heat‘s LeBron James after seeing him play during the Olympics. LeBron has had a tremendous year — a turnaround from 2010-2011 season in fact — that Boeheim isn’t sure Jordan is the greatest of all time any more.
He’s a leader. He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five [positions] … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen … I didn’t think it was close … and I’m not so sure anymore … this guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better … I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”
As aforementioned, LeBron James is having one of the best years in the history of basketball being one of only two players to ever win an NBA title, MVP and a gold medal in the same year. The other person? Yeah, it’s Mr. Jordan.
LeBron James sure did have a hell of a year, and is entering, arguably, some of the best basketball that some may ever see, but do you agree with Boeheim?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a LeBron James zealot and he is the best basketball player in the world right now. His passing ability, toughness, athleticism, aggressiveness are all visible and it’s all marked by the fact he improves every single year.
However, could James become better than Michael Jordan?
This is another example of playing the wait and see game.