Michael Jordan solidified his legendary status in the NBA by winning multiple championships with the Chicago Bulls. The fact that he was able to win those championships with no real star power by his side was what really catapulted him into the realm of greatness.
Sure, he had his trusty sidekick, Scottie Pippen, and team bad boy, Dennis Rodman. But, in all reality, he was the cornerstone for everything that happened in those championship seasons. He built that franchise from the ground up and stuck with them to the end.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were absolutely pitiful when they drafted LeBron James in 2003. His first season they got almost 40 more wins. Since his arrival, they have been constantly building up to championship-caliber.
The past three seasons, they have held an elite standing in the Eastern Conference, right along with The Big Three in Boston and Superman in Orlando. They put the perfect pieces to compliment LeBron's style of play around him and he still could not do what Jordan did.
To this point, everyone has regarded James as the next Michael Jordan. I even believed it for a while, but with his move to Miami, so too should our views change on his standing among the greats in NBA history.
LeBron is a player with breathtaking abilities, don't get me wrong. But to this point what has he done with them? He's won individual honors over and over again, but does he have a ring? No. So how can he truly be the best if he can't win when it counts?
He has had successful regular seasons since he came into this league. He's even won some clutch playoff games. But year after year, he comes up short when it counts, late in the playoffs.
So what does he do? He leaves to a team that's stacked with talent so he can win the title.
So I plead that everyone realize that LeBron is not Michael Jordan and will never do what His Royal Airness did.
Jordan built the team around him. He worked with what he was given to make winners. James took what he was given and fell short even with Shaq, a proven champion, on his team. That's the cold hard truth. James didn't want to face that truth, so he ran to another team to try and win a championship with two superstars, one of which already won a championship with Shaq.
So I'm sure James will win a championship in Miami. It will, quite honestly, be a colossal disappointment if he doesn't.
He may even win a few titles with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But when sports commentators start comparing him to Michael Jordan again, I will be the first to turn off my TV shaking my head, knowing that LeBron James will never be like Michael Jordan.