Received a call from a disgruntled Gazette reader last week. The caller was under the impression that I believed LeBron James, who is on the brink of leading the Heat to an NBA title, was the equal of Michael Jordan, who is the greatest basketball player ever to inhabit our planet. (Or any other planet.)
I did make a passing comparison of LeBron to Michael when writing about the greatest skywalkers in NBA history. The list also includes David Thompson, Gus Johnson and Julius Erving. Here’s the column about LeBron that bothered the Gazette reader who called me. (I predicted, by the way, LeBron and Heat would beat the Thunder in The Finals.)
But I never said LeBron is Michael’s equal.
Jordan carried the Bulls to six NBA titles. Jordan captured the attention and imagination of fans all over the world. Jordan lifted the NBA to heights never before seen and not seen since his departure.
LeBron is only 27. He has plenty of years to add to his legacy.
But let me make this perfectly clear:
I do not consider LeBron to be Michael’s equal. I don’t consider anyone to be Michael’s equal.