LeBron James Is Better Than Michael Jordan Ever Was

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke tells why LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan ever was.

On Monday night, in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's playoff record for most games with at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists. It was another milestone for the Miami Heat superstar. As the Heat get ready to try to close out the series in Indiana tonight, it's time to admit that James has now taken Jordan's place as the greatest of all time. But you will never hear the former-players-turned-commentators admit it.

Guys like Steve Kerr (who recently left TV to coach Golden State), Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal will never give LeBron the crown. Former coaches can see greatness right off the bat. It's something you can't teach. Ex-players have a tendency of hating on the new stars who take their place. Sure, Barkley and friends will always have praise for LeBron, but they will never say he is the GOAT. They all played in the Jordan era and are endorsed by Michael. They wouldn't say anything to make him mad.

Like Jordan, LeBron quickly realized he wouldn't win championships with teammates who couldn't knock down shots when he passed them the ball. That's why he's in Miami and won't return to Cleveland. LeBron has surpassed Jordan in every facet of the game, though. Jordan had to learn to pass the ball, but finding the open man is part of LeBron's instinct since he was winning championships at the high school level. Every dunk Jordan did, LeBron can do better. He can cover five positions on the court, even center. Jordan couldn't do that.

It's been 11 years since Jordan played a game. Every new NBA fan since then doesn't know anything about Jordan except his old highlights on YouTube. They are tuning in to watch LeBron rule the NBA.

Off the court, LeBron is a better teammate than Jordan was. Michael would never have visited a teammate having a poor series to cheer him up like LeBron (along with Dwyane Wade) did with Chris Bosh. Jordan was always flying out to the casinos or wherever he hung out on his own. When the Chicago Bulls came down to play Miami during the Jordan era, all the players would come to my nightclub. The only one who didn't show up was Michael.

However, you will not see any commentators who played at the same time as Jordan say LeBron is the best ever. Jordan never faced the criticism and opinions of ex-players like LeBron has either. Jordan never had to worry about someone like Barkley saying Wilt Chamberlain was the best because he's the only player to score 100 points in one game. Hell, Barkley is the biggest hypocrite. He says LeBron should go back to Cleveland, yet Barkley bounced around teams like a groupie chasing a ring throughout his career.

It's time these hall-of-fame pundits acknowledge LeBron's place in history.

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17 comments
advantec333
advantec333

MJ is not even close to being as good as LBJ. Given their career PER are nearly identical but LBJ plays better defense, sets better picks and screens, blocks off better and engages the team better.

Someone
Someone

You'd be more legit if LeBron isn't under .500 in NBA Finals. Guess who's a perfect 1.0? Gee, I wonder.

cnev2001
cnev2001

The author is a moron! 

advantec333
advantec333

The author is right LBJ is way better than MJ, not a little but way better. People forget that LBJ also sets better picks,blocks, defense is much better, have a better post up game, better shooter, more efficient scorer et al.

mtpascoe2002
mtpascoe2002

I'm not a MJ fan. I don't think he is the greatest of all time. I question some of his play as far as refs keeping their whistles in their pockets when he pushed people out of his way.


With that being said, Jordan is still better than LeBron. Michael was not just a shooter. He was excellent on defense and had good court sense. He never stopped working on his game. Like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, he always worked out between games. And was better conditioned. 

One on one with MJ, I think Air Jordan smokes LeBron every time. 

advantec333
advantec333

Totally agreed with author, MJ does not compare, all MJ was is a shooting hog like Carmelo Anthony and James Harden.

advantec333
advantec333

LBJ is three times better than MJ and does six times more than MJ.

elephantix
elephantix

Nice rant, er, article.  Your flight of ideas fail to make an argument, let alone a convincing one.  You should consider making a better one to support headlines like the one you chose. 

cageglisson
cageglisson

This is the funniest article i have ever 2 for 10 7 points man he is the best Michael sucks compared to him

karim4pres
karim4pres

lol and he scores all of 7 points. Lebron is easily one of the greatest but MJ is the greatest. Lebron has even said it himself. MJ never lost, never a game 7 every final he played was the MVP. Lets not even start with his defensive player of the year or his ridiculous scoring titles. Or the fact that he was way more clutch. Or that he pretty much inspired every player ever since.


MJ's stats say it all but to say that if they get beaten somehow makes him less great is silly. How many  players have so many records in almost every category. The guy scored 55 points in the final, also set the record for the number of 3 pointers and points in a half.


Jordan is the greatest and as much as I like Lebron it is nothing like watching MJ at his prime, you just knew watching MJ was like watching Babe Ruth, the beatles or Ali. His greatest was as clear of day, never in doubt. Lebron has had plenty of moments in which you had second thoughts (2011 especially). Never saw that with MJ even with the pistons.

drew1313
drew1313

Jordon would never, ever only score 7 points in a close out game. You theory of who is better has been proven wrong. Same as cheeky_bastard said below

cheeky_bastard
cheeky_bastard

That would / could be true - except LeBron has a consistency problem...He does not always bring his A game. 

tellmemore
tellmemore

We understand you have a woodie for the guy, but get real - he's simply not the greatest ever in any conversation.  So calm your weenie and try to find something worthwhile to waste your writing on.

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