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Comparing LeBron James' Historic 2012 Season with Michael Jordan's 1992 Campaign
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Since Michael Jordan retired for the last time in 2003, he's become the permanent benchmark against which every elite player hereafter is measured.

It's an understandable, if hopeless, pastime.

Will anyone ever really approach MJ's legacy?

Kobe Bryant is one title short of matching Jordan's six rings, but with three of those championships overshadowed by Shaquille O'Neal's larger-than-life contributions, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard struggled to definitively establish himself as the world's best player.

Perhaps LeBron James will have a little more luck. As ESPN's SportsCenter notes, King James already shares a historically rare accomplishment with Jordan:

Twenty years later, are we finally witnessing the emergence of someone worthy of inheriting Jordan's throne?

Opinions are sure to go both ways on this one, and rightfully so. Comparing greats from different generations is never a straightforward task, and James still has his best days presumably ahead of him.

At the very least, we can draw some conclusions about the respective seasons that defined their early careers. Here's how they stack up against each other.

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