Jordan “Takes Flight”
To compare two things to one another is hard enough, but when you compare athletes with similar aspects and play styles in a sport, then it gets really tough. Picking sides, does allow for many arguments to happen, but that is the fun part because it gives people, such as the fans or supporters, something to talk about. In sports, anyone whether it is media or the fans people will try to compare one person to the other which does ignite many to argue or especially criticize their play. Today in the sports world, we do see this especially when we compare Michael Jordan and Lebron James because of the similarities they each represent on the basketball court. Here in this debate there are two obvious clear arguments which is whether to take the side of the Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and the soon to become Hall of Famer in Lebron James.
Although Michael Jordan is retired today, we always seem to mention him when we compare players from today’s era. With this being said it only begs the question of his greatness because of how much he does get talked about. Today Michael Jordan stands as the Rookie of the year in 1985, a six time NBA champion, and a two time Olympic Gold Medalist in 1984 and 1992.
As you can see from the picture above this also shows Jordans attributes. Jordan as you can see was obviously a big guy, a six foot six player weighing at two hundred and sixteen pounds doing anything that pretty much no human can do on the basketball court. Show casing this kind of athleticism and talent is unimaginable and it made every human being on the planet wanting to be like him, at this time.
Michael Jordan played from 1984 to 2003, but lets remember, before he began his journey to “three peat” the second time he took a year off in 1993 and 1994 to play baseball but still manage to look like the same Michael Jordan that everyone seemed to watch throughout his time. During his fifteen year run as an NBA player, Jordan averaged numbers at that seemed unreachable because of how consistent he was throughout his career. Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game.
Today many players and analyst would take Jordan in their team, when he was his prime and one of the notable players that said that was Shaq himself. In this article by foxsportsnews, it explains why Shaq would pick Jordan over Lebron in a one on one if both were still in their prime. He references how Lebron is a team player where he makes his team better just like Magic Johnson, but whereas Jordan is the type of player with that killer instinct where when he had the ball in his hand people would just watch him sink the ball in the basket every single time.