Mr_Jet, on 28 May 2011 - 01:51 AM, said:
At the end of the day who cares who was the "best of all-time." I know it's hard for anybody between ages 45 to 25 to believe but there was basketball before Michael Jordan. There is no way people in that 45 to 25 age group can be objective. We grew up watching that Gatorade commercial with the catchy jingle about how everybody wanted to be "like Mike." We grew up to value a pair of shoes it cost less than $5 to make but cost over $200 to buy just because it had Jordan's logo on them. He is not THE best of all time. He doesn't have the most championships (Bill Russell) he doesn't have the most points (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), he didn't average a triple double for an entire season (Oscar Robertson), and he doesn't have the most wins (probably Kareem too). Jordan was the best of his era (I'll say 1988-1998) but that's it. It's like I said before Jordan's era began when cable TV entered more and more homes and by the time his era was ending the internet was exploding. We just think he is the G.O.A.T. because we've seen the endless highlights of the shot over Craig Ehlo, Marv Albert talking about the spectacular move, and the push off and the "final" shot over Bryon Russell. We grew up with his posters on our walls and his jersey on our body so many of us are extremely biased towards him. But at the end of the day Jordan didn't win every game and he didn't make every shot just like a lot of great players before him and after him.
Michael Jordan also as I said in another thread benefited from rule changes that made things easier for him. Unlike Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor who had to deal with rule changes to make the game harder for them. Because of Chamberlain's dominance dunking was not allowed in the NBA for a period of time and not until the ABA showed that fans liked slam dunks did it become more acceptable in the NBA. Now imagine Jordan not being allowed to dunk. Imagine a SportsCenter without slam dunk highlights. David Stern knew like Paul Tagliabue knew more offense meant for a more entertaining product which translates into more TV money. That didn't matter as much before the 1980s in the NBA at least. You put Jordan in the 1960s and Elgin Baylor in the 1990s and people would be walking around in "Air Baylors." Jordan is ONE OF the greatest players of all time and the greatest player of his era, but that's it.
In regards to LeBron I'm one of those who think LeBron's game is more in the mold of Magic Johnson's rather than Michael Jordan's. Like Magic, LeBron has the ability to make his teammates better and put them in the right position at the right time to win. He can get a triple double on any given night like Magic could. He can rebound and pass like Magic could. The only difference is Magic wanted to play point guard and run the show from day one. LeBron like many of our generation grew up watching Jordan's dominance and wanted to be "like Mike," and so tried to pattern his game after Jordan's. LeBron is not better and not worse, just different.
Have nice cold cup of Shut The Fukc Up. Jordan is the greatest.
What Pip meant, is that more than anyone since MJ, LBJ has a chance to be as dominant as MJ was during his era. What LBJ has going for him that MJ didn't is he's a physical freak. He's just so big and fast (especially for his position). Combine his body type with his talents and he's just impossible to stop. He's probably the 3rd one on the list of players who were blessed with a body that was too big and too strong for opponents. Right behind Shaq and Bill Russell and slightly ahead of Magic.
I think LBJ will forever have questions about his mental make up. He does not have that "I'm going to cut your heart out" mentality. Very few athletes are as competitive as MJ was and fewer still have that nasty streak. Kobe tried to manufacture it, but he needed team mates to carry the team for stretches during every playoff series. Shaq never had it or he could've become The Greatest of all time (instead, he just got fat). We'll see what LBJ has in store for us. He's still very young and he's on (obviously) a dynasty type team.