I Don’t Think LeBron Is Better Than Jordan, But I Fucking HATE People Who Keep Bringing It Up

A few years ago, on this very website, I came to a prolific realization. After watching LeBron James flee the Cavs to form the big three in Miami and winning his first championship ring against the OKC Thunder (after an embarrassing finals performance the year before in the Heat’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks) and hearing folks claim that he’s officially the greatest of all-time, I realized that all the angst I had for James was actually misplaced. The truth was, I didn’t hate LeBron James – I hated his fans. I hated the idiots who abandoned all logic to claim James was the best thing the basketball world had ever seen when there was so many factors that didn’t support that bullshit jumping of conclusions. But now I’ve come to another realization as, three years later, I sit and watch LeBron’s unreal finals play against the Warriors: I still don’t think LeBron is better than Michael Jordan, but to dwell on that is POINTLESS because I’m only robbing myself of fully enjoying the brilliance of his play today.

This years NBA Finals has featured some of the worst basketball I’ve ever seen in any championship series. Both teams are shooting horrendously, the refs are leaving much to be desired and even when they’re doing a good job, the play is sloppy as hell – but that doesn’t mean this Finals has not been entertaining. But, despite the sometimes terrible play, we have all been blessed to witness an absolutely amazing performance from James. LeBron is currently averaging 41 PPG, 12 RPG, and 8.3 APG. Love him or hate him, that’s INSANE. And if your first impulse is to say, “well Michael Jordan would have…” please, for the sake of basketball fans everywhere, SHUT THE FUCK UP.

Yes, I completely agree that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all-time. He is the best we’ve seen and there’s little that LeBron can do at this point to unseat him from that pedestal. Michael Jordan didn’t need to leave Chicago to win a title. Michael Jordan never got swept in an NBA Finals like Lebron did in 2007 against the Spurs. MJ never choked away an NBA finals like LeBron did in 2011 against the Mavs. Michael Jordan never deferred clutch and game-winning shots to lesser players. Forget losing an NBA Finals, Michael Jordan doesn’t even know what it means to play in a game seven in the Finals. He went to six finals, won them all, and was unquestionably the best player on the court in every single finals he played in. And while all of that is true, anyone who calls themselves a fan of basketball should NOT be comfortable overlooking the amazing things LeBron has done, is doing and will do in the future, just because they think his accomplishments are intrinsically a slight to MJ. That’s FUCKING ridiculous.

I might be one of the biggest Kobe Bryant fans on Earth, and I hated when that bullshit was done to him. To view his legacy as a failure because it didn’t resemble MJ’s is the most ignorant shit I’ve ever seen first hand. Instead of appreciating the brilliance that the Black Mamba was, we constantly held his accomplishments up to this lame-ass MJ-standard and constant statistical analysis just to pick apart every accolade as being ultimately less than Jordan’s. So now that Bryant is going to be retired after this upcoming season, his career will be forever marred by our collective cognitive dissonance which prevented us from actually just sitting back, shutting the fuck up, and enjoying his reign of greatness.

Imagine every-damn-time Bryce Harper hit a home-run, some dickhead randomly popped out of nowhere to yell at you about how much harder Hank Aaron would’ve hit that ball. Imagine every-fucking-time Calvin Johnson caught a pass in double coverage, some idiot texted you to tell you that Jerry Rice would’ve scored. Imagine having to hear about what Wayne Gretzky would’ve done every time Sidney Crosby scores a goal. It’s exhausting, unnecessary and FUCKING pointless. And that’s exactly what I hear when Jordan-Stans shit all over every single accolade ‘Bron accumulates. We get it: You don’t believe LeBron will EVER be MJ. Hell, I don’t think he will either. But he doesn’t NEED to be. He’s the first and only ‘Bron and I’m going to appreciate every second of his current on-court brilliance because marvelling at his talent does NOT mean you’re disrespecting #23’s legacy.

I am willing to have this debate when LeBron finally retires but, until then, I’m going to just appreciate what he’s doing and leave it at that.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.