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Michael Jordan thinks he has found a flaw in LeBron James’ game

LeBron James is the reigning NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP and considered by many to be the top player in the league. He has dominated this month and became the first player in league history to score at least 30 points on over 60 percent shooting in six straight games. Though James is playing outstanding ball, Michael Jordan thinks he has found a flaw in the Heat star’s game.

ESPN’s Wright Thompson wrote an excellent piece about Jordan ahead of the Hall of Famer’s 50th birthday on Sunday. The lengthy piece discusses MJ dealing with aging and harnessing his competitive drive. Jordan discusses how some of the current players would have fared when he played, and he said LeBron, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki would have done well. He also analyzed a part of James’ game while watching the Heat play the Jazz in Utah Jan. 14. According to Jordan, LeBron has a tendency to shoot jumpshots when forced left, and he drives to the hoop when he goes right.

“I study him,” he says.

When LeBron goes right, he usually drives; when he goes left, he usually shoots a jumper. It has to do with his mechanics and how he loads the ball for release. “So if I have to guard him,” Jordan says, “I’m gonna push him left so nine times out of 10, he’s gonna shoot a jump shot. If he goes right, he’s going to the hole and I can’t stop him. So I ain’t letting him go right.”

Business Insider shares visual evidence that seems to support MJ’s theory. This shot chart comes via NBA.com:

LeBron James shot chart

Based on that chart, James has taken 235 shots from the left side of the court, and 159 from the right side. Anything near the basket or straight ahead was not counted. While this chart doesn’t tell the full story — James could be on the right side of his court, go left, and shoot, and it would count as a jumper for the right side in these stats — but this still gives us a good idea of James’ tendency.

LeBron also shoots 44 percent on shots from the right side compared to 40 percent from the left. If MJ has this data, so should the rest of the league. I think I’ve even heard Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers mention it in the past. But even with this knowledge, James is still the toughest player in the league to defend. Something tells me MJ would have a hard time defending him anyhow. I wonder if this has anything to do with why MJ says he would take Kobe over LeBron.

H/T Business Insider



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  • http://www.facebook.com/bommer.george Bommer George

    HORRY HAS 7 RINGS BILL RUSSEL 11 RINGS NO OF THEM IS BETTER THAN LABRON SO TELL JORDAN SIT DOWN BECAUSE HE IS JELOUSE OF LEBRON IS GOING TO DETRON HIM

  • http://twitter.com/RafaelF1975 Rafael Fernandez Jr.

    Your kidding right?  If your argument is based solely on rings then its flawed all the way around.  Jordan was a team destroyer, not only with points but with emotion.  Each of them have their own “Thrown” as your call it.  But Jordan is the “STANDARD” recognized but past and even present NBA Players.

  • tmunson15

    bommer…. i’d agree with you but then… we’d both be wrong

  • tmunson15

    actually there is no way jordan can physically match up with james… but micheal has something lebron doesn’t and never will have…. a competitive drive and killer instinct to be in the upper echelon…… james is good but like most every other player in the game past and present…. they couldn’t see jordans tail lights with their hi-beams on

  • tmunson15

    bommer…. i’d agree with you but then….. we’d both be wrong

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.callender Igor Callender

    Love MJ as a player, he’s GOAT 100%.

    But he’s starting to annoy me nowadays.

    The reason why he chooses Kobe over LeBron is because Kobe can’t surpass MJ anymore: 6 – 2 finals MVP’s.

    That way his 1st place is more secure, LBJ coming after Kobe.

    But we all know MJ’s trackrecord selecting players, so him choosing Kobe over LBJ…you get the idea.

    LBJ has a shot at coming close to MJ. I think he’s terrific all around player and he deserves a lot more respect he’s receiving as of today.

    Oh, and by the way MJ vs. LBJ one on one…I wonder how MJ would stop LBJ muscle his way under the basket for some high % shots. Still would bet on MJ though, he’s the GOAT 100%!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S54653O64UUOEYX5SGQJAIMEDY GMoney67

    MJ was great and all, but I was never one of those “I wanna be like Mike” guys. He always puts down Scottie Pippen, when he knows good and damned well that it was the addition of Pippen to the team that made them into a dynasty; not just MJ. He sounds like a bitter old coot these days putting down any young player who might draw a comparison to him. It’s gotten old pretty fast. Give it a rest dude! If your body of work dictates, history will remember you. I don’t want to hear all this nonsense about NUMBER of championships making you the “GOAT”, because the last time I checked, there are 5 guys per team out there on the court, and no one dude has ever won a Championship series by himself, so please get off his jock!

  • Mary Rubio

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  • http://twitter.com/dublj1 James Hancock

    Russell put the Celtics over. For some reason, Jordan supporters always want to talk about he’s better than this one or that one because of the number of rings. But, when someone points out Russell’s rings, all of a sudden, that isn’t the barometer.   I would take any of the players mentioned above to build around. As for Jordan’s finding a flaw, he should remember it was his flaw, traveling before shooting, that prompted the league to redefine what traveling is. Magic Johnson is always mentioned as a top player, but, seldom do you hear lobbying for him as the best. I was a Celtic fan, back then (now, I cannot stand them), but I think Magic’s play is overlooked. He came in as a rookie, and replaced Kareem at center, at 6’9″, to lead the Lakers past the Dr. J led 76ers. That is a heck of an accomplishment. There are too many players, really, to say who is the best. Different eras bring not only different competition, but different interpretations of the rules (many of the dunks now, would have been technical fouls, or, at least, goal tending in years past). I am not stupid enough to argue with Jordan’s accomplishments, but I don’t think it would take Lebron long to figure out what he was doing. And, I think Lebron is a lot stronger and would take it to him. Also, Mike won his championships long after injuries and illnesses pushed Magic and Bird past their prime. I don’t think he would or could have dominated either the Lakers or the Celtics with those two in their prime.

     

  • tmunson15

    interesting analysis… i always thought pippen got a little too much credit while steve kerr, john paxson and dennis rodman  didn’t quite get enough… and everyone knows you “have to have” a big man for a championship…. while half of those rings were won with will perdue as jordan’s “big man”….. by the way… jordan isn’t out there tooting his own horn… these were direct interview questions and jordan gave his honest opinion… which, for the most part is unheard of in today’s world…..so i do agree… someone needs to get off jordan’s jock

  • tmunson15

    :-)

  • tmunson15

    spacing, positioning and footwork is what it takes to control your opponent and in jordans case, his rep will carry some weight, both with his opponent and officials if they are utilized

  • akimofro

    Put it to you this way: If I had a choice betwen Lebron and Michael both in their prime to start a team with. I’d take Michael every time. Lebron is great, but he is emotionally fragile. You can get into his head and affect his game. Michael was nasty, he was the one getting in people’s heads. There was no affecting his game unless he decided to use you as motivation to utterly try to embarass you.

  • tmunson15

    agree 100%… bill russell doesn’t get the respect he deserves… do in large part because the nation of sports fans don’t remember him or didn’t see  his play outside of film clips…plus the guard is a much “sexier” position and  it’s  easier to relate to a 6’5″ player than a big man…as far as jordan’s “flaw” ?..virtually every sport has it’s “golden” boy…. the one the officials tend to look the other way on… let’s face it…if the refs called the contest strictly by the book…it would take 3 hrs to play a game and most all of the players would foul out. the league doesn’t want the fan, who is spending a 100 bucks at the arena… to see the superstar go to the showers early… so don’t fault the player..he’s going to get away with what he’s allowed to….lj is much more of a physical specimen but from what i’ve observed… he’s mentally soft…. not the drive or desire of a mj… micheal would use his wiles and experience to put himself into a position to win

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SQ3CEGW32AEGGM6SJ3D4UY5AKU E B

    “They couldn’t see Jordans’ tail lights with their hi-beams on.”  Best comment I read in a while.  But really, MJ has been guarded on his opinions about his legacy v. today’s players, (Kobe and LBJ).  He has done contortions to avoid the discussion.  The fact that he speaks now screams volume.  Some say he is jealous, that LBJ is encroaching on his legacy, that Kobe is no longer a threat therefore a safe pick as his ‘choice’ for xyz.  Personally, I think that LBJ has the superb advantage.  Here is:  He creates his own legacy for either Kobe and MJ to compare ‘themselves to’.    I hope LBJ is secretly thinking this to himself and in 10 years he can say ‘eat that.’ Really, let the man play.

  • tmunson15

    i neither like nor dislike james…. but he is going to have to get mentally tough if he expects to cement a legacy of greatness but what interests me more is if he and jordan were to play one on one… just who would micheal bet on?…. :-)

  • brownbmbr

    Y’all either Nutty Professor comedians, Justin Bieber superman lovers or just plaint imbeciles!!  James is as flawed as an Atlantic City hooker’s vagina.  And if you can’t see that invest in some Lasik surgery.  MJ made studs out of Kerr, Paxson, Hanson, Grant and even Pippen.  Scottie was a walk-on at Central Arkansas University and was only known as a defender coming out of college.  But after practicing with MJ he became Robin to MJ’s Batman.  And during games it wasn’t too hard for him to get his since the whole defense was focused on MJ.  Jordan made his teammates a lot better. Don’t forget the 10 triples-double in 11 games when he averaged 34 pts, 11 dimes and 11 boards.  James couldn’t make a Cavs team better so he had to abandon ship to ball with two other All-Stars.
     
    And lets not forget that Jordan played in an era where men still played the game.  In a time where there were good 1-on-1 defenders (Michael Cooper, D-Rodman, Joe Dumars, Sidney Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Ricky Pierce, etc.).  The only good defenders in this era (Bruce Bowen) retired a few years ago.  James might be strong physically but mentally he’s softer than my wifey’s nipples.  No way would he be able to cope with the physicality of the 80′s and 90′s.  They’ve ban the hand-checking and a hard foul is considered a flagrant 2 – what a joke this league has become.  And if you don’t believe me peep the ratings.  They’re so bad that they’re giving the NBA league pass away!

  • brownbmbr

    There’s no chupacabras to MJ’s G.O.A.T.!!  Not Kobe, not James, not the next softball that comes out in the next few years!  And this is coming from someone that bled purple and gold since Magic’s rookie year till Kobe begged Dr. Buss to get rid of Diesel.  I hated the Bulls but I’d be a Sling Blade retard if I said MJ isn’t the M. Ali Greatest.

    Another thing about MJ, on a nightly basis he guarded the best opponent’s player, that was not a 4 (power forward) or 5 (center).  And believe me when I tell you that he handcuffed’em like chickenheads in kinky sex acts in Mexicali brothels.  Do you have any idea how much is expended on the defensive end against that team’s best perimeter player?  James will never have MJ’s defensive prowess!  Nor will he have Jordan’s killer instinct.  Jordan kevorkianed heads before that doctor could pull the plug.  Even Corlis Williamson called MJ “Big Nasty!” 

    To those Cuba Gooding Jr. in Radio dumb asses that think James is comparable to Jordan, I have a Great Western Forum, that Golden Throat (Chick Hearn) used to call The Fabulous Forum that I’d like to lease to y’all!!

    MJ is like Rakim and James is like Lil’ Bow-Wow!

  • ab789ert

    Your facts and logic is as flawed as that hooker you mentioned (and frequent).  Look to identify facts from fiction and how to use common sense.  Let me help you start off: free previews of league pass channels does not lead lower ratings.  Better gauges are revenues (with salary caps as a nice proxy), arena attendance, franchise values, and the actual ratings themselves.  Try to minimize the lying.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQ5S3NCU4E6LU7HN5QXZF7OBBY patrick

     To DETHRONE HIM he has to pass Kobe first. You know damn well that Kobe better than Lebron

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.prosise John Z Prosise

    Labron is Just Big , You can stop Him , a Man is Just a Man , they all fall down the same ….No one is Invincible , Once I managed a Baseball Team , and we were in dead last , then we started playing basics , when you moved up we’d hit deep, when you played deep we’d hit shallow , if you played right we’d play left…We Ended up winning the World Series …Never let a team psyc you out , Just Play , and Play Smart …Sports are nothing but Chess Matches …..RV3 Amazon

  • Jerry Skinner

    Micheal was the best, but now age has caused him to act like abitter old man. Michael, you had yours, now be quiet. LeBron is this generations best and you diminish yourself with foolish talk.

  • Jose Duarte

     dude hes nothing compared to michael youngy

  • akimofro

    I agree with you 100%. The hand checking and physicality of the 80′s and 90′s made all the difference in the world. In today’s game you can’t even talk trash without getting T’d up! I can only imagine if guards would not be allowed to hand check MJ, he had a quicker first step and a better shot than LBJ, he’d be putting up 40 point games on a nightly basis!

  • volume99

    jordan is a selfish player who thinks of himself only.lebron thinks of those around him to help make there game better.

  • gratag

    Jordan was a more diciplined player because of college ball. James came out of high school. I wonder what would have happened if Lebron had that chance? Anyway, I have always been a huge MJ fan, but I’m slowly losing respect for the person. He isn’t playing anymore, and we will never know who was better (MJ or LJ). I am on the Lebron boat now, like I was with Jordan in the 90′s. I’ve followed Lebron from Cleveland (I was bummed) to Miami, and I gotta say he is the best in his day. And I mean better than Kobe.

  • tmunson15

    oh yeah, james  thinks of others…that’s why he passes the ball  at crunch time……

  • fred_reade

    I loved MJ and now i love LBJ, but LBJ is going to have to win at least 3 more championships to be considered in the GOAT conversation, simply because it has become a defatcto criterion. And while that criterion may not apply to all eras, it applies to LBJ here and now because he can manipulate the system to make sure he has the pieces around him. It wasn’t that way in the past.

  • Dale Billum

     Better than Kobe?!? Are you crazy or stupid?

  • dcortes

    MJ made a great comment in that segment of the interview. Kobe has proven, while LeBron is still proving. LeBron is at the level that he is right now, a big part because of his size and strenght. Subtract those characteristics and you have an average, great player. Kobe, on the other hand, has proven a lot already. Kobe is by far more skilled than LeBron. Athletic wise, LeBron will take that one, but skilled, Kobe wins it, hands down.

    Few minutes remaining in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line; you have MJ, Kobe, and LBJ at their peaks, who would most people trust to leave the ball to? Now, that is the guy who should be considered being the best. In this case, it would between Kobe and MJ.   

  • nelsonporras

    LEBRON WHO?PLEASE!! DON’T YOU GET CARRIED AWAY WITH MR. LEBRON “POWDER FLARES” JUST YET; HE HAS NOT PUT UP THE MILAGE AS TO DESERVE A SPOT ON THE NBA ALL TIMES ELITE. LEBRON IS JUST ONE GOOD PLAYER WITH “ONLY” ONE NBA RING. HUNDREDS OF ONE-RING-PLAYERS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE BETTER THAN MAGIC, LARRY, JORDAN, ETC., BUT THEY FADED AWAY ALONG WITH THE EXPECTATIONS, THEIR RINGS AND TALENTS.
    LEBRON HAS A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE ANYBODY MAY COMPARE HIM TO JORDAN OR KOBY.
    AND REGARDING JEALOUSY; JORDAN IS WAY ABOVE SUCH A NEGATIVE SENTIMENT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UL63GUMOUQLBNXJJYZIIGGEE6A kevbo t

    There’s nothing like a little trash talkin’ to show an athletes insecurity.  Surely it would do no harm for MJ to praise today’s stars.  One of the  greatest, Wayne Gretzky would never lower himself to trash talking, and when questioned about his skills or game, often referred to his team, not himself.  That’s the sign of true class.   Kevin Tait

  • 12WASH12

    SIT BACK AND JORDAN HATE>. He IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS EVER. A PLAYER THAT REALIZES WHERE HE’S AT IN LIFE. AND NOW LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN HIS LIFE HE IS DESTINED TO BE A GREAT COACHES EVER . WHY ? BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT HE IS DOING HE STRIVES TO EXCEL.  kOBE AND LEBRON AND OTHER’S TRY TO LET THEIR TALENTS WIN THE GAME AND SOME ARE ARROGANT ENOUGH TO THINK THAT’S ALL THEY NEED.  THIS IS ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES JjORDAN HAS OVER SO MANY PLAYERS.  SO jORDAN SAYING A COUPLE OF FLAW’S OF LEBRON’S IS A TESTAMENT TO HIS GREATNEST OF ACTUALLY GIVING LEBRON INSIGHT TO  A COUPLE OF HIS FAULTS THAT INALL REASONABLE ASPECTS SHOULD WAKE LEBRON UP TO CHANGE HIS MENTAL TACTICS…  ASSESSING YOURSELF  CONSTANTLY IS A QUALITY THAT MADE JORDAN GREAT AND STILL DOES.

  • tmunson15

    what do you mean lease?…. sell it to ‘em… it’ll be 6 months before they realize they’ve been had

  • 12WASH12

    YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!

  • 12WASH12

    KOBE’S SKILLS ARE BETTER THAN LBJ BUT THE MENTAL AND SKILL OF MJ SURPASSES BOTH  IN DIGNITY AND DISCIPLINE AND ALWAYS WILL WIN OVER ARROGANCE.  I WOULD ALSO SAY EVEN IF MORE RINGS ARE INVOLVED. STILL WOULD NOT BE OVER JORDAN.  

  • tmunson15

    sorry my friend but james has a long way to go to even be mentioned in the same breath as jordan or bryant…. he lacks mental toughness and that’s because… of his competitive makeup… he lacks the “killer instinct” and the fact that there are no real shutdown defenders in today’s game to challenge him and that’s what it’s going to have to happen for him to take his game to the next level.. basically… at crunch time…. lebron folds like a lawn chair

  • 12WASH12

    YOU ARE SO FROM LEBRON WORLD. EVEN IF LEBRON GOT 20 RINGS HE WOULD NOT SURPASS jORDAN, THAT’S WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND .  JORDAN HAS MORE CHARACTER IN HIS PINKY THAN LBJ AND KOBE TOGETHER.  THATS  WHAT PEOLE REMEMBER AND CONSIDER THE GREATEST PLAYER . NOT ARROGANCE.. SKILLS DIE BUT CHARACTER, DIGNITY AND  WHATS REAL LIVE FOREVER. i HAVE ALREADY FORGOTTEN KOBE AND LBJ  SOON TO FOLLOW.

  • tmunson15

    i’d like to agree with you there e b… but watch lj during the playoffs…. my bet is he’ll fold like a lawn chair

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.silcox.9 Matthew Silcox

    What a bunch of tards….are you guys serious?  first of all learn to type in english so we can read what the hell you are saying.   Jordan was the best …hands down…no contest.  Do you forget how many defensive titles the guy had as well as scoring titles?  NO ONE had the all around game he had…NO ONE was feared by more competitors and NO ONE energized the game / league / and fans like Jordan did.  Every kid in America wanted to play like Jordan.  And lets not forget that with the exception of Scottie Pippen, he won those championships with an array of cast players that rarely lasted for a a few seasons.  Rediculous arguements.  You people should be ashamed to call yourselves fans with those ludicrous talking points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.silcox.9 Matthew Silcox

    MJ has EARNED the right to say whatever he wants about anything and anyone in the NBA.  MJ IS the NBA. With his play and era the sport has exploded and he did things n one ever did. So you people should start looking at him as a wise pundit instead of a bitter old man.  If MJ tells you a flaw in your game then you say “thank you Mr. Jordan, now I know what i need to work on”  thats the way it goes if your smart.  but people don’t even bother to break down the game like Mj did anymore.

  • Paul Daniels

    let me start by saying that i’m a huge Lebron fan, probably so than any current player in the league.  Whenever a guy is dengrated and buried by the media, I tend to like them more, as was the case with Lebron, particularly as his mom was sleeping with teammates and the mgmt at the CAVS was hiding it from him.  With that said;

    Jordan is right.  I would take Kobe’s career AT THIS POINT over Lebron’s.  Simply put, 5 rings outweighs 1 IN THE SAME ERA.

    Jordan was a different era, but to me, he is still the gold standard.  Russell was a hugely different era, but I don’t disrespect his achievement, however I simply don’t believe a player 50 times as good as Russell could win 11 rings in this era, so to me, his rings don’t make him the best ever… but I still love the guy.

    Bottom line.  I love that Jordan studies Lebron and it’s a note for all players competing today.  you don’t BOW DOWN to a guy.  you study hm, then attack him.  That is what I loved about Jordan and I admire about Kobe, these aren’t guys competing to be your best friend.  They are competing to destroy you, your family, and your unborn kids. 

    I am not that way instictively, so it’s all the more fun to watch someone who is.  This isn’t an act, Kobe and MJ are cut from the same cloth.  I think Lebron and Magic are cut from the same cloth, and i’m not sure Magic wasn’t better than all of them.

    Let’s see how this play’s out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BWLTX76GERIHAGSQNB4WPKEIAU GS

    LeBron doesn’t make anybody better. He had to go to miami and paly with 2 other stars. Jordan had to spend years nuturing Pippen and Grant to reach their potential and then won 6 titles with a constant rotation of role players. Lebron is soft in the head and talk about egotistical please

  • Paul Daniels

    I stopped reading at James couldn’t make a Cavs team better.

    Dude, do you watch basketball?

    Name one other player that could take that gad awful team to an NBA final and multiple playoff appearances?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGZRRVXCFEW5NYKKASO7TMZQFE TS

    not until Lebron learns to close – he is by far the worst superstar closer in the league.  Last nights All-star game is the perfect example.  Little Kobe shut him down not once but twice to end any hope of the East winning, and that is typical.  A couple weeks ago he could not make lay-ups to beat a Rondo-less celtic team in the clutch.  Until he learns to hit shots consistently in the clutch, he has no chance of being better than Jordan.  ALSO IAM  pretty sure that Jordan does not have Lebron wall-paper as his back ground on his phone.  I think Lebron has Jordan envy.  Who is really jealous of who?

  • Paul Daniels

    to an extent I agree.  Who am I to dispute Jordan’s legacy, it is what it is.  However, he had Horace Grant, Pippen (the second best player in the league) and at later point’s another HOF in Dennis Rodman.

    I take issue with the statement regarding Lebron and Cleveland.  Read up on how that really went down.  The CAVS coach was getting girl’s numbers in the stands pre and during games, he was a spectator coaching, not Phil Jackson by any stretch of the imagination.

    Lebron left Cleveland because they failed to give him a Pippen, Grant or Rodman.  He had Mookie and frickin Varajo and nothing else.  He had a lunatic owner who showed his true colors moments after Lebron (albeit classlessly) left him.

    Yet Lebron labored there for 7 years, built a $80M annual revenue industry surrounding the team (Mark Cuban in Dallas lost money the year the MAVS won it all, and every year he has owned the team save for last year when he stripped it down) and had his mom sleeping with teammates.  To simply say Lebron left and discount what the team and his family did is very shortsighted.

    He isn’t MJ, doesn’t have his legacy, nor his career achievements, but he isn’t a slouch either.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WZ324KCWGCMJENR2ZFFTCK3QP4 Blaze

    Nowadays everyone is a mirror image of Jordans game.  Lebron idolized Jordan when he was a boy, and you can’t say he is better than him because he wouldn’t be who he is if he didn’t watch Jordan do the amazing things he did.  Lebron is Lebron and he will be his own legend in his own right, but you have to give credit were credit is due.  Micheal Jordan revolutionized the game, when you see all those crazy slam dunks, and nifty layups, and the pull J, Micheal Jordan comes to mind first.

  • Paul Daniels

    I will make one final point for you all to consider.  I’m on record as saying Kobe’s career imo exceeds Lebron’s at this point.  I don’t even know that is argue worthy.  However, look at Kobe now.  Still an elite player (some might argue he isn’t still THE elite player in the league), yet likely won’t take a talented team even to the playoffs.

    Think about that.  THAT is what organizationl chaos can do to a player and his legacy.  Lebron had that THE ENTIRE TIME HE WAS IN CLEVELAND.  Poor coaching, poor fits of players to complement him and frankly laughable lack of talent.

    Neither MJ with Phil J. nor Kobe with Shaq, Gasol, Artest and Phil J had organizational chaos in their championship runs or poor talent around them. 

    Think that through real good and watch Kobe nigh in, night out try to deal with what the Lakers have given him to work with currently or the chaos and scrutiny surrounding them right now.  It’s harder than it looks to overcome…. trust me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P5W2WIKFYZEWSJG2G3U3VGKRGM Nathan

    Lol you never would have cought Jordan calling up his competition to win a championship if you join your competition you are not the best. MJ would destroy James.

  • tmunson15

    that’s easy………. michael jordan………… several times