Let’s face it Lebron’s narcissistic approach to this summers NBA free agency period has rendered him fair game to columnist, arm chair columnist, and apparently even to three of the top ten players of all time. However as a historian of many sports including the NBA I have to say that the recent words from Jordan, Magic, and Bird regarding Lebrons “Decision” really got under my skin. For starters, rule number one in “Being An All Time Basketball Great For Dummies” clearly states that all former basketball greats must use the standard reply of “You cant compare generations” Secondly all three are clearly being team stacking hypocrites.
One by one all three icons repeated the sentiment that in their day “they were trying to beat each other” as opposed to joining forces. I know it’s not a popular place to be right now, but I am going to jump on the “Lebron is just doing what the greats before him did” bandwagon. Magic Johnson was fortunate enough to throw no look passes to two(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy) of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. Bird was just as lucky as he was able to run the parquet floors of the Boston Garden with the likes of Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. Both players were also amongst the NBA’s 50 greatest. Jordan however wasn’t as fortunate as Magic and Bird. Michael had to settle for teaming up with just one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players(Scottie Pippen), and Dennis Rodman(likely Hall of Famer) one of the NBA’s greatest rebounders ever.
With that being said it makes sense that Magic, Bird, and Jordan weren’t going to leave their teams to join other NBA greats. Their teams were all ready loaded with all time greats. I am of the mindset that no clear thinking twenty five year old NBA millionaire was going to join Lebron in chilly Cleveland when tropical Miami was a viable option. The ladder is why Lebron was forced to leave Cleveland if he wanted a realistic chance to win in the same fashion that Magic, Bird, and Jordan did before him. Lebron’s prediction of six, seven or eight titles has added even more fuel to the fire, and now he must win. However if James is able to win multiple titles all will be forgiven. The history books will then perch James right along side Magic, Bird, and Jordan as all times greats who won multiple championships with the help of at least two other great players.
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