LeBron taking Jordan's title as greatest ever
It’s difficult to finally come to this conclusion, but LeBron James is playing the best basketball I’ve ever seen in my life.
I struggle to admit that because Michael Jordan — for decades — was the best athlete I have ever watched in any sport.
Once Jordan got a taste of his first NBA title, he ruled the league.
I believe we’re seeing the same thing with King James.
Jordan was listed at 6-6 and carried about 210 pounds. In addition to being the best offensive player ever (Kobe now makes a strong argument for that honor), Jordan was also the best perimeter defender of his time.
At 6-8 and 250 pounds, James isn’t the lock-down defender Jordan was, but he can defend the wing and most power forwards.
Mentally, LeBron is closer to being a Magic Johnson than a Jordan.
Jordan started winning titles when he learned how to get his lesser teammates involved early in games and building their confidence, much like Kobe is doing now with the Lakers.
Jordan developed into a very good distributor, but James is more natural at that aspect of the game.
Now that the Miami megastar has relieved the pressure of winning his first championship, LeBron seems more comfortable in his own skin.
He also seems focused, and his jumper looks much better than it did a few years back.
James’ effortless 3-point stroke looks as smooth as — dare I say it — teammate Ray Allen, regarded by most as the purest deep shooter of the modern era.
LeBron is now one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, as his 42.0 percentage suggests. Before this season, his best 3-point percentage was 36.2.
James was 4-of-5 from 3-point range in a lopsided win over the Clippers on Friday, and neeeded just 11 field goal attempts to score 30 points.
Over the last three games, James is averaging 31 points and shooting a blistering 76.7 percent from the field.
“He’s off the planet right now,” co-star Dwyane Wade told USA Today after Friday’s win. “... He’s somewhere else. He’s playing phenomenal.
Wade played hurt a lot last year, and at the age of 31, many felt he was starting to decline.
But Wade is looking pretty spectacular himself of late, showing a lot of quickness and half-court aggression.
The way LeBron and Wade are playing right now, it’s hard to imagine anybody denying them a repeat.