Michael Jordan played against some of the greats throughout his time in the NBA. Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Shaquille O’Neal to name a few. But Jordan missed out on playing against LeBron James by one season. Seventy-two days to be exact.
Issue 47 is a real throwback Thursday, looking at the battle that continues to grow in our imagination between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Earlier this week, LeBron joined Jordan and Karl Malone as the only players to score 2,000 points in a least 10 seasons. Last May, he passed Jordan in career postseason points. And on Wednesday night, James joined Michael to be the only 2 players in NBA history with at least 800 consecutive games scoring in double figures.
Kobe Bryant could be viewed as the closest to mimic Jordans signature play and accolades. Yet LeBron is slowly positioning himself, to look Jordan eye to eye on a platform that means even more. Both have changed the game, and both became the leader in their own generations. But there’s one number that sticks with everyone, the number 6.
Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat. I discovered this saying looking for inspiration for this piece and thought it fit my topic perfectly. As everyone knows, Jordan is a perfect 6-from-6 in Finals appearances and some say this point alone, takes LeBron out of the picture. By the time James finishes his career, he is going to blow away Jordan statistically. But that number 6 will always tie James down.
Colin Cowherd came out this morning with a solution for LeBron, and it falls with the number 3. Going to a third team and winning a championship might change the narrative. Could this number 3, for the only time, be better than 6?
Catch you Monday.