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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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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    The biggest reason ,just look at the game stats,the Heat won the NBA title was because of the refs and the commish.They helped the Heat in every way they could to make sure they won an NBA title.The sportswritters got the MVP trophy from Durant and gave it to La Queen Jane for whatever reason.Maybe La Queen Jane gave the sportswritters an autograph basketball card for their vote.He wore a shirt with,Earned not Given,what a joke.

  • Carlos Garcia

    lebron is a joke

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SQUTYGYQTZBHX7TVDWYUIWZCEU henryjr29

    do you know how to play basketball? are you a basketball player? if you are then i think you are the JOKE? you don’t know how to appreciate a good basketball player! just pure hate, envy or whatever. i think you are a bench player or worst a waterboy!

  • Anna M

     Take the hate away from it, do your research and you will realize that Lebron is NOT that far away from MJ. I am a lifelong Cleveland fan and it is hard to be honest and see that it is because of (Lebum or la queen as funny guy Ortega put it) his skills as a “passer” AND scorer when need be and rebounder (10-18 boards when his teamS USA&Heat needed it) and like Boeheim said 6-9 260 and runs like Usain Bolt… I played D1 ball and a little pro, and played with Lebron when he was younger and the guy is not a bad guy, not a thug, and does he have Jordans killer instinct or Kobe’s? No or not yet or in a different way. I watched a full series of Jordan with the Bulls in the 90’s and YOU check and see if Davey KING Stern didn’t help the Bulls out… Who did they beat? Decent teams… MJ is still #1 but watch him play he was not as big or powerful as Lebron, but he was the best. My top 3 in the last 25 years is #1 – MJ #2 Lebron #3 Kobe All Kobe does is Shoot shoot shooot and he is a killer and maybe the best pure 1 on 1 player ever w MJ but thats all he is. Sum it up Lebron does everything u could say his Jumper is suspect but he will work on it, he had games where he made 6-7 THREES in a QUARTER when with the CAVS.. nate d

  • Anna M

      Take the hate away from it, do your research and you will realize that Lebron is NOT that far away from MJ.  I am a lifelong Cleveland fan and it is hard to be honest and see that it is because of (Lebum or la queen as funny guy Ortega put it) his skills as a “passer” AND scorer when need be and  rebounder (10-18 boards when his teamS USA&Heat needed it) and like Boeheim said 6-9 260 and runs like Usain Bolt… I played D1 ball and a little pro, and played  with Lebron when he was younger and the guy is not a bad guy, not a thug, and does he have Jordans killer instinct or Kobe’s? No or not yet or in  a different way.  I watched a full series of Jordan with the Bulls in the 90’s and YOU check and see if Davey KING Stern didn’t help the Bulls out…  Who did they beat?  Decent teams…  MJ is still #1 but watch him play he was not as big or powerful as Lebron, but he was the best.  My top 3 in the last 25 years is #1 – MJ #2 Lebron #3 Kobe   All Kobe does is Shoot shoot shooot and he is a killer and maybe the best pure 1 on 1 player ever w MJ but thats all he is.  Sum it up Lebron does everything  u could say his Jumper is suspect but he will work on it, he had games where he made 6-7 THREES in a QUARTER when with the CAVS..  nate d

  • http://www.facebook.com/lou.zier Lou Zier

    can he pass Kobe first? talk about jumping the gun. jordan never lost a finals sreies EVER no comparison

  • http://www.facebook.com/lou.zier Lou Zier

    LOL not that far away from MJ….JUST SAY NO TO BATH SALTS!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCZKSHGWDSFYEASBRU4OZF233Q Marcos

    I live in Miami, and ofcourse that’s my team but Jordan has been and is still my favorite player of all times. And Lebron isn’t that far off Jordans’ numbers, and Lbron can guard all the positions and play them too if he had to, and Jordan couldn’t do that. What I do know, when the Bulls needed to win, Jordan made it possible. Also, Jordan had someone called Pipen, and he was better than Wade, numbers don’t lie…And I’m a huge Wade fan over Pipen but numbers don’t lie. Pipen had 2 NBA MVP finals with Jordan on the team, I know no one remebers that… Belive me, by the time Lebron is done, he’s numbers would have surpassed Jordan, and to me Jordan is and will always be the greatest.. Jordan Changed the Game, the Style, and the paychecks…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCZKSHGWDSFYEASBRU4OZF233Q Marcos

    Dude, did you see the games? Seriously, the REFS? Its called the HEAT dismantled OKC… Why can some few fans of other teams see the real game as it is, why the hate? Cause your team didn’t win? Tell it how it is, Lebron Killed everyone, so Did Wade, and a bench player called Miller, which had 27 points in the 4th quarter leading the Heat in POINTS… That’s what won the game, numbers don’t lie, look at them before you comment like that…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCZKSHGWDSFYEASBRU4OZF233Q Marcos

    You’re right, and so are his numbers… Regular season MVP, Finals Champ, Finals MVP and a Gold Medal in the Olympics… He’s a real Joke, and so are all those numbers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    La Queen Jane will never com,pare or win as many NBA titles as King Kobe.La Queen Jane is all about him and him only.His attitude sucks.He came out of highschool at 19,more like 24,is nothing but a showboat.I put him at maybe #12 behind players that played team ball not looking for the camera after every shot.The reason the coaches think so highly of these players is the amount of medals they have.Anybody could coach these millioners on the floor,just let them play.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCZKSHGWDSFYEASBRU4OZF233Q Marcos

    I totally agree…

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    Its not hate towards this wannabe,its nothing but the TRUTH,and La Queen Jane lovers,CAN”T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    Marcos,being that you are so intelligent,check the stats of he starting 5 of the Heat to the starting 5 of the opposing team from the first playoff game to the finals and see for yourself how they were taken out of the game before the first half ended.When you get 3or 4 fouls in the first half you will not get to much playing time.When the game wa already out of hand in the 4th quarter,the refs managed to even up the foul count so it did”nt look so obvious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    If all the so-called experts would wait another 5 or 6 yrs,until La Queen Jane wins(never happen)5or 6 NBA titles,5 or 6 MVP(never happen) then compare him to first,King Kobe,Magic,Bird,Russel,Cousy,then the best,MJ.This wannabe has been in the league 9yrs,1NBA title(with help) and he won”t get another because 3yrs from now he will be so bow-legged,he will retire.His age will catch up with him before the NBA titles.

  • Carlos Garcia

    Marcos :  “Lebron is a joke, and u’re a joke too, u’ve been all over this article, responding to everybody who talk about Lejoke, sorry..Lebron, he’s the one who joined Wade and Bosh looking for a ring,cos the “KING” couldnt get his Crown on his own, then after joining Wade and Bosh he’s the one who opened his mouth saying..” now im gonna get not 1 ring but 7 ” HE IS A JERK, A JOKE, u like it or not, HE’S A PUSSY, A CRY-BABY, who idolized Jordan wearing his number 23 , and when he couldn’t live up to jordan level then decided to change his number ,jordan would never leave chicago to join Barkley,Magic,Bird etc..to compete for a championchip and get a ring, put it like this…Basketball fans lost all Respect for Lebron, he can’t fix that neither You, By the way, he’s not getting 7 rings, NO WAY ,that’ll never gonna happen bro, NEVER

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q4TPGLYB2VZ63S254IYDU3QD7Y Rochelle

     Robert Mack

    It is obvious that some of you do not know much about the history of the NBA, including MJ himself.  If rings are the measure of true greatness, then Robert Horry would be considered a better player than MJ as Horry has seven (7) rings.  But surely no one is going to say that Horry is anywhere close to MJ.  Moreover, based upon the number of rings, Bill Russell would be considered the greatest player of all time as he won eleven (11), ten as a player and one as a player-coach.  And arguably, Russell is one of the the all-time NBA greats.

    But keep in mind, that as great as MJ was, he would not have any rings if he did not have Scottie, who was a superstar in his own right and later, Rodman.  Ironically, both Scottie and Rodman are in the NBA Hall of Fame.  All of this is to say that MJ did not have to join up with another superstar as LeBron did with Wade because MJ already had the second best player in the league, in Scottie, on his team and later the best rebounder and defender in Rodman on his team.

    Lastly, other than the 1975 Golden State Warriors who had only one superstar on their team, Rick Barry, no team has ever won an NBA Title without at least two superstars on their team.  Chicago had MJ and Scottie, then MJ, Scottie and Rodman.  LA had Kareem, Magic, and Worthy.  Boston had Bird, McHale, and Parish.  Shack had Kobe and later Wade.  Kobe had Shack and later Gasol and a host of good players.  So, now LeBron has Wade, and he won his first title and is on his way to a second title.  Thus, it is disingenuous, if not sheer ignorance, of MJ, Magic, Bird, and anyone else to fault LeBron for needing another superstar to win a title, the same as all of the other so-called great players before him needed and had.

    No doubt, MJ was a great player.  But, the greatest of all time?  By what standard or measurement?  Rings?  Then no.  Points?  Then no.  Rebounds or assists?  Then no on both counts.  Field goal percentage?  Then no.  Athleticism?  Then yes, but before LeBron came on the scene.  MJ does have the highest career and playoff scoring average in NBA history.

    Be that as it may, Jordan was 28 before he won his first title.  LeBron was 27.  Let’s wait until the end of LeBron’s career before talking about who the greatest is between these two.

  • NicTreyKnight

    Ha! Lebron went to his first Finals in 4 seasons with a bum supporting cast It took Jordan 7 seasons and he had Pippen,Horace I remind you who were top 10 picks 5th and 10th overall for three seasons

  • NicTreyKnight

    Lebron first 7 years in Cleveland were more productive than Jordan The Bulls couldnt even get out the first round of the playoffs in Jordans 3 seasons nor get the Bulls above 500. Lebron took a Cavs team to the Finals without another AllStar on his team in his 4th season People listen to the Media instead of doing their research Lebron is the best player ever

  • Dupes in Toyland

    Gosh, Ortega-TacoShell-Man, why you have to diss on the guy just because of his success on the court?

    This is all so silly, this, “Your Man is a punk, the refs all kiss his tush and help him win, blah-blah-blah…”

    To a certain extent I have more respect for the pro’s of yesteryear, due to how they paved the way for the superstars of today with the inflated beyond reality salaries & endorsement contracts and coddled celebrity status of today, but that’s a totally other subject.

    Give me a break, everyone – TEAMS win championships, not individuals … Teams of very talented individuals of course, and its impossible to compare them down to their eyebrows and beard length, let alone their vertical leap, chest girth and gonad size …. Yeh, its all pretty stupid and meaningless to argue over who’s the all time greatest.
    But of course, (since this is the juvenile level its at :-), my Dad can beat up your dad, and my Mom is prettier than yours, so that settles it all !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erica-Mathis/100002238870948 Erica Mathis

     Errr.. playofs don’t mean anything. If they did, Barkley and Ewing would be in the running for greatest ever! Lebron has ONE championship and he joined in “all star” team to get it. Through 7 years MJ had better stats, but that doesn’t matter either. Lebron need at least a couple, two or three more rings before anyone can compare him to Jordan.