LeBron James put up an awful 11-point performance in last night’s Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals loss to the shorthanded Celtics, and his haters were quick to run to social media to scream from the Twitter mountaintops that Michael Jordan would never have had a similar game in the playoffs. Jordan actually did have bad playoff games, contrary to the laundered history being sold 20 years later.
Colin thinks that the fan reflex of instantly comparing James to Jordan, even negatively, isn’t a slam, it’s the ultimate sign of respect. Even those that hate him can only compare him to the greatest basketball player of all-time. That never happened to Kobe or Duncan.
Last night also showed that the Cavs are only as good as LeBron on any given night. His supporting cast can’t even take over one game to beat an undermanned Boston team. Jordan’s Bulls, on the other hand, won 55 games the season after he “retired” to play baseball.
What was LeBron’s issue last night? Who knows. In 20 years, no one will remember it, especially if the Cavs can mange to beat the Warriors to win their second straight title.
The ultimate compliment is that you now, as fans, are acknowledging there is only one challenger to the greatest basketball player of all-time.”
Here’s Colin’s full rant: