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Who Is Better, Lebron James Or Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

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Who Is Better, Lebron James Or Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

Who do you think is better, Michael Jordan or Lebron James? If Bron-Bron and MJ went head to head in the playoffs, who would win? If “King” James and “His Airness” went to overtime in a game seven, who would make the game winning shot?

I think the answer is simple. Michael Jordan wins. Why? Thanks for asking…

I think that Michael Jordan had a killer instinct that Lebron James is missing. Jordan desperately wanted the ball in big moments, he had a flare for the dramatic, and he was an assassin. LBJ doesn’t mind playing decoy, and he often defers to teammates when he should take control of the game.

Is this an indictment on Lebron James? Absolutely not. I think Lebron James is the greatest athlete in the world. Think about this… Lebron is 6’8 and 265 pounds of pure muscle, he runs like a gazelle, he’s quicker than a squirrel, and he’s got better vision than Rick Moranis. Lebron James is an incredible basketball player. However, I think Lebron is much more like Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan… and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Michael Jordan’s famed trainer Tim Grover recently weighed in on the debate, and his comments were valid…

“Michael Jordan was six-for-six in Finals, never lost a Finals, never needed a Game 7 to do that,” Grover said. “Just by saying that alone, that puts him in a category I don’t think anybody else is in, except maybe a Bill Russell. Other than that, I don’t know if you can really put [Jordan] in the same category [with anybody].”

Go on…

“I think what [James] should do, instead of worrying about where Mike was at, he should be trying to get to the accolades, get to the Finals, as many times as Kobe had. … I think the comparison [for James] should be more toward a current player he’s playing against now because of what Michael already did, and LeBron, in the early part of his career, faltered two times in the Finals. I think that [the Jordan/James] comparison can’t be made, just from that alone.”

Grover makes a good point. Lebron James ate shit against the Spurs in 2007, and he was even worse against the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Conversely, in the NBA Finals Michael Jordan was perfect. Many people think Jordan would’ve won eight straight titles if he didn’t left the NBA for baseball, and I tend to agree. I readily admit that LBJ is a future Hall of Famer, but I can’t ignore the fact that he stunk in two separate NBA Finals.

Lebron James loses NBA Finals

Lebron is 1 for 3 in NBA Finals, Jordan is 6 for 6

Jordan never stunk…ever. Quite the opposite.

The brighter the lights, the better Jordan played. When the game was on the line, everybody in the world knew who was getting the ball, and Jordan almost always delivered. More importantly, no one ever questioned MJ’s mental toughness, and nobody was able to beat him.

In my opinion, Jordan played during the NBA’s heydey. Think about it, during the 90’s there were a ton of superstars in the NBA. Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, and Alonzo Mourning. Guess what? The only two players on that list to win an NBA championship during Jordan’s career were Olajuwon and Drexler. However, they won their two titles when MJ was playing baseball. Once MJ returned to the court, it was another three-peat for the Bulls. When I look at Lebron James’ career, he hasn’t kept great players from winning championships.

At the end of the day both Jordan and Lebron are spectacular players, but if they were going head to head for a title I don’t think Lebron would stand a chance.

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