NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan won six NBA championships as a member of the Chicago Bulls and will go down in history as one of the greatest.
Many hold similar expectations for Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to be Michael Jordan’s heir apparent as the NBA’s ultimate alpha male.
Is it fair?
“I think it has always happened,” NBA Hall of Famer Dr. J Julius Erving told me on today’s episode of Scoop B Radio.
“I think people always make comparisons to people who are done. LeBron may play another six years, LeBron may play one year, we don’t really know. But I think it’s the fans argument, not the players argument. So I stay away from it. My all time greatest player is Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I think when you add up the numbers and add up the years, nobody has contributed more to the NBA history or pro basketball history. It’s very subjective for you to say Michael or LeBron who was better? Or who was the greatest, the GOAT that is for the fans to argue about.”
In barbershop conversation, the argument that the internet places added pressure on LeBron to live up to Jordan’s accomplishments is often discussed. Dr. J says he saw similarities in his era where he was compared to players like Connie Hawkins and Elgin Baylor. “Then there were other guys that were high jumpers and those were the three that came up the most often in terms of the comparisons,” he said.
“And I looked at how I played the game and what was going through my thought process during that time. It wasn’t the same as theirs, but you know, there were some definite real comparisons to made.”
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