We Are All Witnesses

Growing up Jordan was the greatest player I had ever seen, and, because my elders agreed he was better than Kareem, Wilt or Russell, that made the six-time champion the GOAT. But times change. With James looking to lead Cleveland to its fourth consecutive NBA Finals, it’s time to recognize him for what he is, the best and most valuable force to ever grace the league. After Jordan left the Bulls to play baseball, Chicago still with Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson won 55 games and took the Knicks to seven games in the conference semifinals. Without Lebron James, the Cavs would be in the lottery, We have already seen it once. Truth is, every year James doesn’t win the MVP, the trophy ought to add an asterisk. If we must compare them, then James is the significantly more effective scorer and, of course, passer and rebounder. The two knocks early in his career were that the lack of Jordan’s clutch gene and a inconsistent jumper are old news. James enjoyed a season where he put up 27 points, 9 assists, with 8 rebounds a game and he’s only elevated his game in these playoffs. Every game, he adds to the legend, a winning 3 at the buzzer or game-tying fade away.

Lebron spends hours each day in the gym building himself to peak levels. He plays a heartless brand of basketball ball that resembles Shaq impersonating as a point guard. Then as if to break the will of any who would defend him he shot six threes per game in the playoffs last year and made 41%. Lebron is the culmination of all who came before. The book has already been written on Michael, and the book is mostly fantasy. Michael Jordan blew the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals. There is no way around it. Even so, the apologists are ready with the chosen excuse: He was only three months removed from retirement—this, of course, is insanity. Michael scored more and shot a higher percentage in that playoff run than he did in either 1996 or 1997. Michael was at his best in 1995, he just happens to be mortal, and not actually incapable of failure.

Lebron is one of five players with at least four NBA MVPs, alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and he's got some years left to gather up more accolades. Most importantly he is the only player in modern NBA history to play in seven straight Finals. He single handedly changes the entire NBA dynamic based off of where he is playing. If he goes west this summer, suddenly Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto look like legitimate title contenders in the East while Golden State and Houston’s roads just got that much harder. He goes to the Clippers and suddenly the odds of them going to the finals doubles. He goes to Houston and we all quit the NBA for the next 5 years. Lebron is the greatest, end of debate.


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