Many thought this day would never come, until about three minutes left in the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat. James and Bosh checked out, heading to the bench. He removed his headband, looked up to see the score and time remaining on the JumboTron and the realization hit everyone: The King has a ring.
Now that James has one under his belt, the expectations will kick into motion to live up to the predicted "not one, not two, not three…" championships at the beginning of last season. While a number of those criticizing him have been silenced, many will not rest until he passes or matches those won by Michael Jordan.
Seemingly, LeBron James is the only player who has been compared to Jordan’s accolades in a detrimental fashion, rather than one of basketball lore. Many wish to see Kobe Bryant to win another ring to match Jordan’s six, yet not in the subjective treatment James receives.
In a sense, it is unwarranted. People should not be so quick to compare achievements, but simultaneously, it is necessary. The following attempts to analyze the intertwined paths of LeBron James and Michael Jordan.