LeBron is good but MJ is better.....

LeBron is good but MJ is better.....

So on Thursday night the Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA championship. Which means that Lebron James, and Chris Bosh finally won a ring. Dwayne Wade already had a ring before last night so I won't even involve him in this article. Chris Bosh has always been one of the better players in the NBA. He just needed a solid team around him in order to win an NBA title, and he has now accomplished that.

But LeBron from day one always had the hype surrounding him. Before LeBron James was even drafted he signed a $90 million endorsement deal with Nike. Some were saying that he would be the next Michael Jordan. There was even a small few who said that LeBron would be better than Jordan someday. So let's compare the two players.

When Michael Jordan was drafted in 1984 he was labeled the future of the NBA {Although some thought Sam Bowie was better}. It was a struggle at first, but eventually Bulls management put pieces in place around Jordan {Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, etc.....} and ultimately the Bulls would rule the 90's. When James was drafted out of high school in 2003, he was also labeled the future of the NBA.

But he was also given titles such as "Messiah, Savior, God Send, etc.." Those names were not bestowed upon MJ. The Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping that somehow LeBron would carry the Cavs to glory on his own. Cavs management never really put any talent around James. They only brought in washed up players who were rejected from other teams for not performing.

Players such as Ben Wallace, Joe Smith, and an aging Shaquille O'Neal just to name a few. Sure Michael had Scottie, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, and B.J. Armstrong {among others}. But the Bulls biggest asset was Phil Jackson's ability to take some of the worst bench players in the league and turn them into productive role players.

LeBron's head coach in Cleveland, Mike Brown, wasn't so gifted in that department. Most of the time Brown was arguing with LeBron {Or so it's been said}. The only "miracle" LeBron ever performed was taking the Cavs to the 2007 NBA Finals. But he did so only to be swept by the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs lack of talent and depth was the reason for their demise in 2007.

LeBron left Cleveland in 2010 and joined up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, two years later he finally wins an NBA title. Michael retired for one season after the Bulls won the 1993 championship, came back and led the Bulls to the playoffs in 1995. They did not win the championship, but the following season Michael would lead the Bulls to another championship en route to their second "Three-Peat".

MJ retired in 1998 but came back in 2001 and signed with the Washington Wizards. Although the circumstances were different, he was still the same Michael Jordan and the Wizards only missed the playoffs by a game or two during his time there. Jordan took a wizards team composed of washed up veterans mixed with unproven young players and made them a respectable team between 2001 and 2003.

LeBron James played on lackluster Cleveland teams during his tenure as a Cavalier. Even though they went to playoffs a handful of times, they were never considered an elite team. And as a member of the Miami Heat many considered LeBron a sellout because instead of going to a rebuilding team where he could have been a cornerstone, he instead "conspired" with Wade and Bosh to form a 3 headed monster to counter teams like the Boston Celtics.

Jordan was always a leader and set the standard during his NBA career. There is no doubt that LeBron is a phenomenal athlete. Yes he can shoot, he can dunk, he can jump out of the gym, and he is one of the strongest small forwards in the history of this league. But Michael has always been a proven leader.

Michael always had the killer instinct, the eye of the tiger if you will. If I need a clutch shot, I give the ball to MJ. If I need a game winning shot, I give the ball to MJ. When I need a leader, someone who can rally the troops, be the coach on the court, and put all egos aside for the benefit of the team, I want MJ. When I need someone who can rise above all adversity, Michael Jordan is my guy.

No matter how many titles LeBron may win in his career, he will never be "His Airness".

This Saturday you can find me in the press box at Toyota Park. I will be covering the Fire as they host the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

Also, on July 6th I will get my audition in the 2012 Score Search contest. Log onto the website and vote for me:  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012-score-search/

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    Well, it's looking like Jordan will be the best scorer ever and Lebron will be the best all around player ever. Simple as that.

  • In reply to Danny Guerra:

    What do you think makes him the best all around player?

  • In reply to Danny Guerra:

    Just the best scorer? How about the best defensive 2 guard ever? How about the best player in tight games, how about taking the pressure and loving it?
    How about never losing in the finals?

  • In reply to BullySixChicago:

    Amen! LeBron could never pull that off....

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