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Old 06-19-2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Can Lebron be the Next MJ if...

he cannot separate himself from D-Wade...Jordan had no equal in his prime and that added a lot to his legacy but I dont see Lebron ever distancing himself from D-Wade....


So does he has to distance himself to be the next MJ(dont think it will happen) or can he just be on the same level as 2 or 3 guys.

Also can he distance himself from Wade? in the future???from Kobe while he is still in his prime???

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Old 06-19-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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He had challenges. By the way, Lebron will never be as good as Jordan. Maybe Lebron, Wade and Melo will be this generation's Jordan, Magic and Bird.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:59 AM   #3
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He had challenges. By the way, Lebron will never be as good as Jordan. Maybe Lebron, Wade and Melo will be this generation's Jordan, Magic and Bird.

but he was never challenged by another swingmen...thats what I meant.

And even so, Jordan had his time without Bird and Magic...
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:59 AM   #4
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This is all so premature. It's not fair to either the all-time great or the young star to compare guys like James and MJ. Remember Penny? Can we please chill with all this?
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but he was never challenged by another swingmen...thats what I meant.
Bird.

Jordan was drafted in '84, Bird was drafted in '78. They played a lot of their prime together.

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but he was never challenged by another swingmen...thats what I meant.
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Bird.

Bird was past his prime when Jordan was in his prime....try again...
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Lebron James is a mix of Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins people should stop comparing any great Swing men to his Airness Michael Jordan. Jordan is still above head and shoulders to any current NBA players.
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:05 AM   #8
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Bird was past his prime when Jordan was in his prime....try again...
Define "prime".
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Default Re: Can Lebron be the Next MJ if...

without the clear separation that mj had from the competition old timers won't be able to say lebron is on mj's level. part of the jordan mystique was his perceived dominance and the way he swatted down all challengers once he got to the top. but he was not seen as head and shoulders above the competition in the 80s just another great in line with magic and larry (sometimes ranked below them because of the lack of playoff success).

that said, bron has a definite shot. he's got the physical gifts to be the best ever imo. it's just a matter of desire, effort, and luck (health, good teammates, good coach, etc) from here on out.
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Define "prime".

OK im not going to argue semantics...I will just say that there was a time when Jordan was without a doubt the best perimeter player in the league...Bird was retired...

Bird retired in what season???
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I've said this in the past and I'll say it again.....

Michael Jordan is the beneficiary of playing in an era with limited competition in his position.

The only real other marquee SG was Clyde Drexler, whom he only faced 2 times per season.

Michael Jordan would NOT have reached "God-like" status playing in today's NBA mainly because of better competition at his position.....not to mention that he would win ZERO dunk contests with the athletes/dunkers today.

Kobe, TMac, Wade, LeBron, Vince, Melo......no way would Jordan SEPERATE himself from that pack.

Much easier to be the G.O.A.T. going up against Craig Ehlo, Dennis Johnson, Byron Scott, Jeff Malone, Gerald Wilkens, etc. than today's players.

The Jordan "Legacy" = RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
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he cannot separate himself from D-Wade...Jordan had no equal in his prime and that added a lot to his legacy but I dont see Lebron ever distancing himself from D-Wade....


So does he has to distance himself to be the next MJ(dont think it will happen) or can he just be on the same level as 2 or 3 guys.

Also can he distance himself from Wade? in the future???from Kobe while he is still in his prime???

Lebron's not worried about being the next MJ, nor does he need to be... he should focus on being the first Lebron. If he runs his race, he should be able to separate himself from the other elite swingmen in the league in time. If he loses focus and becomes overly concerned with everyone else, he'll find it a lot harder to extricate himself from the pack.
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Lebron's not worried about being the next MJ, nor does he need to be... he should focus on being the first Lebron. If he runs his race, he should be able to separate himself from the other elite swingmen in the league in time. If he loses focus and becomes overly concerned with everyone else, he'll find it a lot harder to extricate himself from the pack.
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OK im not going to argue semantics...I will just say that there was a time when Jordan was without a doubt the best perimeter player in the league...Bird was retired...

Bird retired in what season???
'92-'93.
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Prob true^ never know either way.
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