It’s the NBA Finals 2017 period. Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers, third time. So, why am I talking about MJ on the day of the NBA Finals Game 1? Read on.
To many, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever.
That drive. That focus. He’s determination. His discipline. Those skills. Dunks. Shooting abilities. His defensive skills. Thrash-talk. Clutch. Leadership. Acolades. Multi-time All Stars, MVPs and 6 NBA Championships.
I can’t complain. These feats are impressive.
Then, his two challengers to the greatest player arise in recent years. No, not Larry or Magic. Their career started before MJ. The 2 heirs to ‘His Airness’ are, of cos, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.
Kobe Bryant, despite his 5 championships and scoring abilities, was never really considered better than MJ. Therefore, he’s probably out of the picture.
That leaves us with Lebron James. Whether he is up there or not, only time will tell. He still has about 6, 7 years before he reaches a healthy age to retire.
However, there’s one arguement is that he cannot be compared to MJ’s 6-0 finals record. 6 finals win and 0 loss. That is a fantastic achievment I can never deny.
For the record, Lebron is 3-4. That’s an impressive record on its own. At least 3 of the finals series, Lebron’s team was the underdog. Those 3 finals that Cavaliers were in the finals. Whereas I’ll say his Miami Heat big 3 is the favourite for those 4 straight final appearances. How did he carry Cavs to the finals with Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas will always amaze me. Whereas MJ’s Chicago Bulls are the favourites in all of his 6 finals trips.
Winning is everything. But losing time and time again, and coming back to win, that’s even more impressive.
All the best, LBJ.