By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 25, 2014
LeBron James may never eclipse Michael Jordan's championships. King James may never even pass MJ when it comes to career points, although I doubt that. LeBron is clearly the best basketball player we have seen since "His Airness" though, and it only has a little bit to do with James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are five reasons why it is good to be the King.
Not that this has much to do with being a better player, but this speaks more to the respect the entire NBA has for LeBron. The league obviously respected MJ too, but that was more rooted in fear than in love. James is currently rallying some troops in Cleveland, and Ray Allen should join the party before the summer is done.
Notice you have never heard a story about James punching one of his cohorts in the face or simply not speaking to a teammate for years. Though Jordan reportedly did speak to Dennis Rodman off the court, it was probably for marketing reasons. That is something you will just not ever hear about LeBron.
I think that the Cavaliers' new small forward could play until around Steve Nash's age. Obviously, James would no longer be the athlete he is today at that point, but he has a game which will age gracefully over time because of the jumper that he has developed during his career. At the end of the road, LeBron will have surpassed Jordan in career points, assists, and rebounds. In fact, he has already gotten there with the assists.
LeBron was a preternaturally gifted passer from the moment he entered the league, and Jordan's specialty was putting the ball in the hoop. Their difference in styles has less to do with body type and more to do with the way that they view the game. James sees the game in much the same way that Magic Johnson or Larry Bird did, while MJ had more of a Julius Irving-type of vibe. I guess it just depends on what version you prefer.
It is still possible that LeBron could surpass Jordan for rings. It is not likely, but I will be rooting for James over the next decade of basketball. If he won his sixth ring in Cleveland, it would send the media into an absolute frenzy.
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