So the great Michael Jordan has stated his opinion on the Miami Thrice, and in Jordan's own words, "There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team.'"
While that may be 100 percent true, I still have a few problems with that statement. We live in an age where history is blown out of proportion, or thought in the vain of Dicky V hyperbole.
While MJ may very well be the greatest player of all time, he did not win six championships by himself, regardless of what the media wants you to think. Jordan was blessed with a teammate and a Hall of Fame player in Scottie Pippen. In both of MJ's three-peats, Jordan had a big three of his own.
In the first go round it was Jordan, Pippen, and Horace Grant; in the second round it was Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, and if you want to go on further, Toni Kukoc. It would also be unfair to leave out possibly the greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, and his contributions to the development of Michael Jordan.
I find that I have to remind Jordan and the media that the Bulls went 55-27 without him in 1993-94, and took the Eastern Conference champion Knicks to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Those 55 wins were only two less than the year before with Jordan, when the Bulls won the NBA championship.
If that stat alone does not tell you Jordan was not alone and that Pippen was a great player in his own right, I have no idea what does.
Yes LeBron may never be Michael Jordan, but bashing LeBron for leaving to play with Wade and Bosh because Jordan would never have done so is unfair because Jordan already had Pippen and Grant, and later Pippen, Rodman, and Kukoc. Pippen was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history and is a Hall of Fame player, but the world seems to forget that.
As a matter of fact, Pippen lead the Bulls to more wins in 1993-94 without Jordan than Jordan even lead the Bulls to without Pippen, prior to Pippen being drafted in 1987.
Yes I am aware that MJ had only been in the league for three years and he missed most of his second season, but ask yourself this: What if Jordan never had Pippen?
The other problem I have with this Jordan statement is comparing Wade & Bosh to Bird and Magic. Now, Wade is a great player, one of the best in the league, so I will give you that one, but is Bosh that many steps ahead of a Horace Grant in his prime in a better league in the 1990s? Bosh is certainly no Bird or Magic!
The pairing of Wade and James is very close to Pippen and Jordan (you pick who is Jordan...I say Wade), and I see Bosh as a glorified Ho. Grant or Toni Kukoc (without the shooting range).
So in this debate about whether or not Jordan would have pulled a LeBron is just unfair and silly to many parties involved. First, Pippen is much better than people seem to remember. Pippen was on that Dream Team too, and besides Stockton and Malone, Jordan was the only other member of the Dream Team to have a teammate on the Dream Team.
Bosh is clearly not in the same neighborhood as Bird and Magic so it is unfair to two of the greatest ever to play the game to be compared with the best player on a bad team, who could not ever get the Raptors to the playoffs.
In my opinion, James joining Bosh and Wade is like Jordan joining a team with a future Hall of Fame player and a better than average role player. You know, like if Jordan joined Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant...oh wait, he already had that.
I agree, LeBron James will never be Michael Jordan. Jordan is probably the greatest NBA player we will ever see.
The only thing that concerns me is as great as Michael Jordan was, even he is not as great as Michael Jordan and how the media thinks Michael Jordan was.
Update: Being that Magic has added his two cents as well I would like to show this article that shows that Magic had a slightly different tune in 1991. Which shines more light on my point. It is always easier to look back and say you would not have done what LeBron did when you already played with other Hall of Fame players that were helping you carry the load.