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LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan: No Comparison

CLEVELAND - APRIL 21:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Pistons during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 21, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers won 94-82.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Mark DuckworthContributor IMay 12, 2009

LeBron James, ever since coming into the NBA from high school, has been promoted as the next best player.

Why is this? Why is he so hyped?

You've got Kobe, D-Wade, Melo and others in the league, but it's James who gets the acclaim.

Kobe was the image of this league until the whole Colorado court case broke out. Then the media jumped on the LeBron train to nowhere.

However, since being drafted by Cleveland, LeBron has made an impact—in Ohio.

LeBron is claiming scoring titles and MVPs, even if undeserved. He's en route to his second NBA Finals appearance, and this time with some better supporting players. He has great talent and is very good player inside the paint. From long range he is definitely not a great player, which is one of his biggest weaknesses.

However, none of that is what angers me enough to write an article about him. What angers me is the comparison to Michael Jordan.

Please, stop.

Even if I was a LeBron fan, I wouldn't want this, it's just dumb. Jordan played when the East was deep. Remember, he could score anywhere, anytime and make clutch shots in the playoffs.

This year, LeBron and the Cavs swept a terrible Pistons team. Detroit had a losing record, too.

Then Cleveland played a weak Hawks team who couldn't roll—even at their home court.

Now they play either the KG-less Celtics or Nelson-less Magic. I think the Celtics could take Cleveland to six or seven games, and if they get hot enough, make an upset. However, if the Magic beat Boston, it's a completely untested route to the NBA Finals for the Cavs.

This is why it is unfair. It's an injustice to both Jordan and LeBron. An injustice to D-Wade, who already has a Finals MVP, and to Carmelo.

Jordan played when the East was strong, LeBron isn't even in his prime yet. Kobe has played on awful teams in the West. D-Wade won the Finals but his team has been derailed and shackled. Melo is now just getting what it means to play basketball in the NBA.

Quit comparing James to Jordan—he's not Jordan. I doubt he ever will be Jordan. Remember Jordan won six championships in a league full of parity. LeBron, if he wins the Finals, deserves that series, but the route from the Western Conference is so much harder than from the Eastern Conference.

Let's be real, LeBron has talent‚but to compare him to MJ is just wrong.

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