LeBron vs. Michael
June 27, 2013
Now that LeBron James has won his second NBA title, the talk of him vs. Michael Jordan has picked up more steam. The second title seems to have opened the door to the “greatest of all time” discussion.
James, during one of him many interviews after the Miami Heat won game seven versus San Antonio, spoke of having new goals. With two championships under his belt, he stated that his new goal is to be one of the greatest ever to play the game. James went on to say that he will continue to work to be the greatest ever to play the game.
James will take dead aim at some of the numbers Jordan posted. What he will struggle with, at least the way I see it, is convincing us. Whether James succeeds won’t be up to him, though. It’ll be up to us. We will decide in the years to come whether he caught or even surpassed Jordan. Just like we did when we decided that Jordan caught and passed Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson.
Convincing us brings in our biases and personal feelings. Currently, I see these biases leaning toward Jordan because the past is always romanticized. We cannot watch Jordan now so all we remember are all the memorable highlights. His game is not dissected the way James’ game currently is dissected.
James’ decision to leave Cleveland will always be held against him. Jordan never left Chicago, you know. Not in pursuit of an easier NBA title, anyway. But then, Jordan was presented with a running mate named Scottie Pippen while LeBron was given Larry Hughes and then Mo Williams before deciding he’d seen enough and took his talents elsewhere.
Though there are numerous similarities between the two, Jordan is known more as a scorer. James does not score like Jordan though I think he could if he chose to. Or if he had to. For instance, James’ scoring average in Game Seven is 34.5 ppg, the highest of all time. He also won an NBA scoring title at age 22. And he is a better player now then he was at age 22. He’s better now than he was then because he creates more offense for others, rebounds more and shoots at a much higher percentage. FYI, James has better assist, rebound, and shooting percentages then Jordan.
LeBron is on a pace to catch or even surpass Jordan in the biggest of milestones. Jordan won five MVPs, LeBron has won four, all in the last five years. Jordan won his second title at age 29. LeBron has two at 28.
Admit it, we’re biased. James likely will never catch Jordan, in our minds, as the greatest of all time. Basically, we like Jordan more. Perhaps our minds will become more open to the idea as time moves on.
Bobcats Need Help, As Usual
The NBA Draft is here and the Charlotte Bobcats will, once again, have a high pick in tonight’s draft. The Bobcats pick fourth and, once again, have a bunch of needs. Drafting high year after year does not seem to help this franchise. But 2013 could be the year that Charlotte picks up a franchise player.
There is not a consensus number-one pick this year and that could actually help the Bobcats. It is not a secret that Charlotte needs offensive help. Someone that can create their own offense while making everyone around him better. I see one of three players ending up in Charlotte. And I like all three of them; Otto Porter SF Georgetown, Ben McLemore SG Kansas, or Victor Oladipo SG Indiana.
Charlotte will get one of them if Cleveland takes center Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky with the number one pick and Orlando takes point guard Trey Burke out of Michigan as they are expected to do. The Washington Wizards have the number three pick and will likely grab up one of the trio I like. The Bobcats will then make their choice.
Porter is the most all-around player. McLemore is the better scorer while Oladipo is the best defender though his upside on offense is noticeable as he had a monster season in the Big Ten last year.
Clemson Football In The News
With the NBA and NHL seasons coming to a close this week, it is time to start thinking about College Football.
I turned my thoughts to ACC football and read up some on Clemson. The Tigers, along with Florida State, are preseason favorites in the ACC. Clemson returns an abundance of talent and are still talking about it’s BCS Bowl win over LSU from the SEC.
WR Sammy Watkins, QB Tajh Boyd and PK Chandler Catanzaro of the Tigers have all been named to preseason All-America teams released so far by various college football publications.
Watkins was named a first-team All-American wide receiver by Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy’s and USA Today. Chandler Catanzaro was named a first-team preseason All-American by Sporting News. Tajh Boyd was a third-team selection by Athlon. Watkins and Boyd are returning All-Americans.
Boyd is also listed as the number-four contender for the Heisman Trophy by Athlon. He is the preseason ACC Player of the Year by Lindy’s. Boyd won the ACC Player of the Year Award last year and is the first returning ACC player of the year from Clemson since Steve Fuller in 1978. Fuller went on to win his second straight ACC Player of the Year award in 1978, his senior year. I had to reach back to find that for you.
Catanzaro made 18-19 field goals last year, including a 37-yarder to beat LSU 25-24 on the last play of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. He is a two-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. He has scored 305 career points, third most in Clemson history, but just 25 away from breaking Aaron Hunt’s record.
Each of the top three players above are also consensus preseason All-ACC selections. Joining them in that honor is starting offensive tackle Brandon Thomas, who was a first-team All-ACC selection last year.
Eight other Clemson players have been named to various All-ACC teams by the five publications. The list includes Vic Beasley, Spencer Shuey, Travis Blanks, Tyler Shatley, Roderick McDowell, Grady Jarrett, Stephone Anthony and Martavis Bryant.