SHORT AND SWEET. When you don’t need to take four paragraphs to say what can be expressed in one. SHORT AND SWEET. When Facebook and Twitter don’t allow enough characters to say what you need to say.


I have already addressed this argument before, in “SHORT AND SWEET: Jordan vs James“, but was given reason to give one final statement on the subject. Recently, Miami Heat superstar Dwayne Wade was asked about the comparisons between his teammate, LeBron James, and NBA Legend Michael Jordan. After capturing his first NBA Championship, which eluded him for 8 previous seasons, “King James” finally tasted the ultimate victory in his 9th. While his win served to silence some of his critics, it also turned up the volume on some of his most faithful fans. The comparisons between him and Jordan have never been greater.

When asked about these comparisons, Wade responded, “I don’t know if (James) has the ability to surpass (Jordan) or not,” Wade told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday during a promotional event for his Wade’s World Foundation. “That’s yet to be seen. My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this: They’re both on the golf course. Michael’s on the 18th hole. LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s on par to get to the 18th hole.”

While I understand where Wade was trying to go with his comment, I have to add a correction to his statement. In professional golf, the Leaders always tee off last. So if Jordan and James were playing a Championship round of golf, and Jordan was on the 18th and LeBron on the 3rd hole, it would mean that LeBron was leading at some point. Not the case. But I also realize that there is no other way to compare the two by using golf without having Jordan finished and LeBron still playing. So we’ll neglect that small point. But the main thing Wade is lacking from his point is a score. CORRECTION: My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this: They’re both on the golf course. Michael just finished 18 under par. LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s -3 and still has a shot at overcoming Jordan. He just has to play great golf for the rest of the round.

This statement makes more sense. James definitely has the ability to overtake Jordan one day, simply due to the fact that he probably still has about 8 seasons of basketball left in the tank. If he captures 6+ rings in that time frame, the argument would become more justifiable…and maybe undeniable.

But as for now, he will have to be content with finally being an NBA Champion. As far as short term goals, and judging “GREATNESS”, I think LeBron and his fans should set their sights on passing Kobe Bryant before we jump right to the real King of Basketball.

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  2. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Lebron needs more titles to be compared, but he very well may do it :).

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