Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Opinions, Decisions, and Comparisons

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2010

While the legendary Michael Jordan was making his appearance at a celebrity golf tournament (how come he never appears at NBA events?), Jordan was asked for his opinion on the LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach situation.

Jordan stated:

"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.' But that's...things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

Before we enter the world of Michael Jordan and his post six years with the Chicago Bulls, lets take a quick peek at Jordan's first six seasons in the league compared to LeBron James'.

Much like LeBron James , MJ had to carry his team on his shoulders during his first six years in the NBA.

While Jordan never made it to the NBA Finals during his first six seasons, James managed to do so in only his fourth year in the league, with David Wesley being the team's second best player (or maybe Damon Jones was, tough call).

Although the Cavaliers were swept to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2006-07 NBA Finals, James was able to bring a team filled with no-namers to the finals.

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Jordan stating that he would've never called up Larry and Magic to join teams comes off as pure arrogance.

Michael Jordan never had to call up those superstars to join his squad because the Chicago Bulls organization surrounded MJ with all the talent in the world to win countless championships.

During the 1987 NBA Draft, the Bulls traded eighth overall pick Olden Polynice, along with a second-round draft pick and the option to exchange 1989 first-round draft choices to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Jordan's partner in crime Scottie Pippen.

While Polynice posted career averages of 7.8 PPG 6.7 RPG in 14 seasons with five different teams, Scottie Pippen, a seven time All-Star and Hall of Famer, became the "Robin" to Michael "Batman" Jordan.

Pippen, along with Jordan, both entered their primes during the Bulls' first three-peat.

But the NBA's top duo just wasn't enough talent, so Chicago went out and traded for seven time NBA All-Defensive First Team and two time Defensive Player of the Year Dennis Rodman. With the Bulls, Rodman averaged roughly 15.5 rebounds per game.

In addition to the best player to have ever played the game of basketball, a top 50 all time NBA player, and arguably the best defensive player at the time, the Bulls had Tony Kukoc, the 1996 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, and the best coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson.

Not to mention, when Jordan retired for the 1993-94 season, the Bulls managed to win 55 games without the legend, making it to the second round of the playoffs.

While Michael Jordan was suffocated with legendary talent in Chicago, LeBron James was fenced in around 38-year-old Shaq, Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, and Anderson Varejao in Cleveland.

If James decided to retire for one year the Cavaliers would be lucky to win half of 55 games in a regular season, proving just how good the Chicago Bulls really were.

James' decision to join the Miami Heat was out of desperation to win a championship, because the Cavaliers organization was never able to surround him with even half the talent that the Bulls added to Jordan's team.

For MJ to insult the most known person to man and selfishly compare his favorable circumstances and situation to LeBron's proves that he truly is unworthy to the modern NBA world.

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