Because Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time NBA scoring list earlier this season, the old debate about Kobe vs. Michael resurfaced and clung to the public for weeks on end, overshadowing the fact that LeBron James and Michael Jordan might be a better comparison after all. Yes, on looks alone, Kobe is basically Jordan reincarnated, but it’s James who has a legit chance to catch MJ as the best player of all time. The sneaker legacy. The potential for more titles. The years remaining in his career. Plus, his career arc just makes more sense in this instance, as it is oddly similar to Jordan’s.
Today, LeBron James turned 30 years old. Amazing right? I never thought I’d see the day this dude would be turning the big 3-0. It came from out of nowhere. But now that we’re here, the question can be asked. Can James pass Jordan as the greatest player ever? To make the case, at least in most minds, he’ll need to win four more titles to match MJ’s six. It’ll be difficult, but not impossible. James has that kind of effect — he’s already made the Finals five times. Add in major star power like Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, both of whom are 26 and under, and they have a chance to reign in the East for the next five years.
The comparison works better than you think. Why? Just read. Here are 10 Ways in Which LeBron James and Michael Jordan Are Actually Very Similar.
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