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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jim Boeheim: After coaching LeBron, I’m not sure Michael Jordan is the best

The past several months have been very good to LeBron James. Simply put, his legacy has been completely transformed. LeBron put any talk about not being able to win a championship to rest and capped off an amazing summer with a gold medal in London. Since he is still only 27 years old, there is no telling how many more rings James can win now that the monkey is off his back.

Most would argue that LeBron doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same discussion as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant until he at least has multiple championships. However, one of his Team USA coaches feels King James is already there.

“He’s a leader,” Jim Boeheim told Colin Cowherd according to The Big Lead. “He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five (positions) … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think it was close and I’m not so sure anymore. This guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better. I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”

LeBron is coming off an NBA MVP award and a Finals MVP award. He was also an integral part of Team USA’s return to basketball world dominance, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment if you’re Boeheim. Kobe was right when he said winning one ring won’t be enough for James, and I’m sure LeBron is well aware of that.

Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE



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