Last night's performance gave James an NBA record six consecutive games in which he scored 30 points and shot at least 60% from the field. Only two players, Hall of Famers Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone had accomplished that feat in five straight games. Sports talk shows were abuzz with "LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan" discussions.
Hearing guys discuss basketball stars is like hearing pre-teen boys debate superheroes. They believe what they believe for the reason they believe it and you cannot convince them otherwise. I have been of the opinion since the early 1990s that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player even to lace 'em up. I could understand why one would argue for Kobe Bryant, but I personally think Kobe will always be a little short of MJ unless he plays much longer than expected and leads his team to two or three more titles. I've generally been closed to other arguments.
I've kept the LeBron James argument in the back of my mind for several years and began to take the LeBron argument seriously after last season, when James finally won some championship hardware. This season, I am listening, really listening. James has a long way to go before matching Jordan's career resume, but now I think it is possible. Last night's record setting performance launched the debate into the sports mainstream.
The Twittersphere has been full of lame, tired, predictable one-liners. Most of them saying James couldn't hold a candle to Jordan. A few said the opposite. Today's retweet is the most tweet I've seen so far, from Tra Carson @PlutoCarson:
"Lebron ain't Jordan but I can guarantee Jordan wasn't Lebron either"
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