1. He’s On Track
LeBron James is currently 30-years old. For how much the media has gotten on him about his lack of championships and clutch play in the past, he’ll have three-NBA Championships should he finish off Curry and the Warriors.
When Michael Jordan won his third championship – in 1993 as he took out NBA MVP Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns – he was exactly 30-years old.
This means James will actually be further ahead than Jordan in terms of winning success by the time each hit the 30-year old mark. At this point in their careers, MJ was three for three in The Finals, while LeBron would be three for six (should he get the job done).
This is simply amazing to think about.
Regardless of who frowned at LeBron for leaving his city so inappropriately in 2010, nobody can deny his greatness.
Look up some of Jordan’s early days as he battled the Boston Celtics and the Bad Boys of Detroit. Try to remember those days when he struggled to get through the Eastern Conference as a burgeoning star.
It wasn’t until Pippen and Jackson arrived – and the Bad Boys and Larry Bird dwindled – that Jordan climbed that mountaintop.
The end result is quite simple for why most believe LeBron cannot touch MJ.
Jordan’s greatest gift was “capturing that moment” on the biggest of stages, while LeBron has suffered through a couple of bad moments on the biggest stage.
If only LeBron didn’t have to deal with Social Media pressure and had captured a few more moments along the way, this conversation between he and Jordan would become much more of a reality.
For now, though, he’ll have to keep working hard until the day of legitimate “greatest of all-time” talk starts to come.