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                   So...... growing up in the 1980's and as a life long Knicks fan, the 80's was my beginning tutorial of basketball. As a young kid watching the knicks grow with their first round pick Patrick Ewing, the rivalry of the Lakers vs Celtics, the start of Detroit's bad boys and along the way, was the icon we know as Michael Jordan. Although known as the ending of the fight era in basketball, Michael and the Bulls were slowly making there mark as a dynasty in the NBA, and with the changing of the guard starting to take affect with the Celtics and Lakers rivalry coming to an end, with the bad boys back to back championships, the Bulls was gamed and waiting in the wind, to start their championship run.

                    We can fast forward thru the 90's in which in ten years Michael guided the Bulls to six NBA Championships, and might have won ten if it wasn't for the retirement in 93 & 98. Ok so let's take a moment to remember some of the other all star talent from this era. Let's name the top stars in the 1990's, Patrick Ewing ( New York Knicks) Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns) Shaquille O'Neil (Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers) David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs) Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) Clyde Drexler ( Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets) Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers) and a list that would keep me stuck here all damn day, however there was one player that was the spoon that sired the tea, and that was Micheal Jordan.

                       Then came the 2000's till Present era...... were we would witness the great amount of talent, icon, trend setters, in what we have seen the league the to bring in the latest century, names like Allen Iverson ( Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzles) Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks) Chris Paul ( New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers) Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) etc etc etc..., however the face of the league is LeBron James. Three championships in 14 years and just finishing up his 7th straight NBA finals appearance with two different teams (Cleveland Cavs & Miami Heat), granted is the something that wasn't heard of since the great Bill Russell in the early times with the Boston Celtics but with the way the NBA has evolved as the years gone by, we may or may not see that feat accomplished for a very long time.

                        Now I understand yes their were a lot of key elements of both eras I selectively I didn't mention. Like what would have happened if Jordan didn't take 2 breaks in his playing career? With the less amount per say of "super teams" how many championships would Jordan have? My opinion, I think ten, max. Or what if Lebron never left Miami? Would Bosh and Wade come to Cleveland to make a championship run? Granted this is the super team era of basketball, but would this have mattered if Cleveland finally defeats Boston's BIg 3? And was this the reason that the dream matchup of Lebron vs Kobe finally come head to head? These are discussions for the barber shop. And we could really be here for a lot longer than expected. Lol.

{So who's the better player?. Micheal Jordan (Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards) or LeBron James (Cleveland Cavs, Miami Heat). Both icons of the sport. MVP's, championships, and basketball's immortality.}

                            This depends on what platform you want to base your discussion on, stats, playoff record, championships, individual titles, embrace, and general element on the league. Now, where do we start. Stats, Michael did more with less, as LeBron did less with more. Point being made is, Michael and Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers) was the core of the bulls in the 90's, and everyone else that play alongside these two was one of the reasons for the championship run in two different times in the 90's however, the game became easier for Michael when Scottie started evolving as a all-star.
LeBron was dealt a strange hand in my eyes because, he never had that one true sidekick that could make the game easier for him, Cavs ownership in my opinion tried everyone they could possibly compliment Lebron as well as play along side him but in his first seven years in the league it wouldn't become as successful as they hope. Granted LeBron lead the Cavs to their first NBA finals appearance in 2007 but to go up against an all-star packed San Antonio Team was too much to overcome, however guaranteed that the league looked at the Cavs differently. But in the end...., numbers don't lie, and the fact that both players at this point have played the same amount of seasons, and both have created a hybrid position respectively LeBron gets my edge on this one. But man listen, what I think LeBron lacks was that killer, take no prisoners attitude that I have seen in Micheal Jordan (most recent history Kobe Bryant) during the big games. Now granted LeBron IQ in the game is definitely high by seeing and knowing what's coming and making the correct basketball play, but Michael would challenge all that is coming at him and attack it, and living with the results after. LeBron's biggest hitch now is that he not closer, which granted he isn't, however should we question someone who makes the correct basketball play either? Jordan is 6 for 6 in the NBA finals with 6 finals mvps which in my opinion was when Jordan really wanted to show off to the world why he was the best of the world. LeBron is 3 for 7 with 3 mvps but will always be criticized about the fact he had to create a super team mentality to get what he wanted. Miami's Heatle's was a great run for fours years which lead to two world championships in four appearances. Yeah not even a edge here, six for six, no question.

                        So this leaves us here, who is the best? Different eras, the evolution of the game, however both players were and are dominate in both factors of the game, but honestly were and what are we talkin about here?, Will both players ever be duplicated?, doubtful. So was better in my eyes, the NBA, because it's a topic of discussion that will go on forever, and yet we as fans and contributors to the game witness greatness at different eras and will continue to tune in. Think about it.

 

 

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