LeBron James Addresses Michael Jordan Comparisons Via Interesting NFL Analogy


Quantifying a player's durability is a bit tricky because the National Basketball Association doesn't keep track of games missed due to injury, which leaves us no way to distinguish physical issues from other reasons for missing games, such as paternity leave or regular rest.

James, who's one game away from competing for another championship next week, potentially seven in a row, has three Finals wins, and was voted the series MVP each time-first in 2012 and 2013 with Miami, and previous year, 2016 with Cleveland. For now, we'll just sit back and enjoy another LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers run to the NBA Finals.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The ball hit the far side of the rim and caromed high off the cylinder and into the hands of Boston's Avery Bradley.

Bulls fans that are older than I am, I know you remember the Bulls going down 0-2 to the New York Knicks in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. More than that, the game James stars in today has evolved into essentially a different sport than the one Jordan dominated.

Could you imagine social media then after Jordan shot 32.5 percent from the field in the first three games on nearly 26 shots again? On Thursday afternoon, LeBron was asked about the milestone, and said chasing Jordan is "a personal goal of mine".

Jordan had bad games in the regular season and when it mattered most in the postseason.

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Truth is, James has been even healthier than those numbers would suggest, because potential games played is a conservative estimate of durability.

Just because LeBron isn't a god every night like many think Jordan was, doesn't mean he loses any steam in the GOAT conversation.

"I'll take Lebron James, absolutely", Laimbeer said to host Etan Thomas on "The Rematch" podcast earlier this month (listen below).

But in this case, it's hard not to put his next great one in context.

All arguments for this conversation could be shut down now before we get started, exclusively based on James' poor performance Sunday night, but to do so would be closed minded, dismissive, hatin' with no "g".