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May 31, 2011
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With the NBA Finals all but a day away, our excitement for all things NBA is once again at an all time high.[firstpara]

Lebron, Dirk, Wade, Bosh, Kidd--these guys are all on the spotlight as they prepare for what's looking to be another superb Finals series.

Before we get there though, we have one issue that we just got to settle.

Last May 28 (May 27, US time), Yahoo! Sports blogger, Kelly Dwyer, reported that Scottie Pippen said in an ESPN Radio something that's no less than controversial for any true blue NBA fan. The gist of it: Lebron is better than Jordan.

For a resounding majority of fans, that is sheer blasphemy.

Now we ask: Jordan Vs. Lebron, who you got? Do let your thoughts be heard in the comments box, as you check out our own opinion on the matter right below.

The Mistake of Comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan Today
LeBron James just can’t seem to win the public’s heart these days, can he?

Even in what should be a day in which we laud him for leading the Miami Heat to the Finals, questions of his greatness have become the talk of the town, especially after Scottie Pippen came out on radio and said that LeBron James may be “the greatest player to ever play the game.”

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game,” the Hall of Famer said. “I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”

With that one comment, James is once again under the microscope, cast as the pretender who can never reach the rarefied stratosphere to which MJ is at now.

To his credit, James immediately de-escalated the firestorm and was humble enough to understand Jordan’s place in history.

“I’m gracious, humbled by Scottie’s comments with him being a teammate of his and seeing Michael on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “But as far as me? I don’t know. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m better than Jordan or if I’m not better than Jordan. It’s not about that.”

But even in this momentary display of honesty from the King still wasn’t enough for people to still come down on the guy and say that he’ll never be on the same level as Michael Jordan. Is it fair to LeBron? Of course not. But this is the world he created of himself with the ‘Decision’. Whatever legacy he builds from here on out, a big asterisk will always fall on that night in July 8, 2011 when he decided to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

That’s the night when LeBron effectively turned from being one of the most popular athletes in the world to becoming one of the most polarizing. In a span of a few minutes, his image took a nosedive, akin to the backlash Kobe Bryant received in 2004 for accusations of rape.

NEXT: James, the new Kobe Bryant?


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WORDS BY: KIRBY GARLITOS
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