When Lebron James was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003, he was hailed as the next big thing in professional basketball. People were immediately making comparisons to Michael Jordan and he even donned Jordan's #23 jersey. His combination of size and speed made him an impossible match up, much like M.J.
As we approach the free agent season of 2010, the media has said this may be one of the greatest free agent classes in history. At the supposed head of this list is Lebron James. The Lebron James "sweepstakes" if you will. Call me crazy, but I think James is way overrated.
In terms of just statistics, yes Lebron is the best overall player in the NBA. However, why has no one ever questioned his drive to win? In my opinion, he is not the fiercest competitor I have seen. The Cavaliers have held the best record in the NBA the last two seasons with nothing to show but an Eastern Conference finals appearance in one of the two years.
I hear players bring up the same point when they enter free agency. They want to go to a place where there are pieces in place to win a championship. Lebron has also stated this is also his desire when choosing a team. Honestly, if he chooses to go anwhere but Cleveland then he should be considered a liar because he has had the most talented team in the league for two straight years. What else would you consider a team that has dominated the NBA's regular season the last two years?
Ultimately though, success is measured in NBA championships. Michael Jordan has six championships, Lebron has zero and only one finals appearance in seven years. Both played on great teams, Jordan just had the desire to close and the desire to win.