I’ve lived in the Chicago land area for more than 47 years. My oldest daughter, Jennifer, her husband Dan and my four oldest grand kids in live in the western suburbs of Cleveland where I grew up and rooted for the Cleveland teams. My grandsons are both athletes and Ethan the younger one is playing high school basketball. He is very good and competitive and often tries to light me up or bait me about how bad the Bulls are and how good the Cavs are (actually were) with LeBron. 3 trips to the finals with a championship in the middle. I do remind him of another championship that happened a couple of years ago between 2 teams, one from Chicago one from Cleveland that ended a long championship drought for the Cubs and extended one for the Indians. He doesn’t like to talk about that, but the argument has reoccurred many times about whose the greater player Michael Jordan or LeBron James! Well it would seem LeBron has crossed another milestone in that competition. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was congratulated Thursday by the man he passed Wednesday night on the all-time NBA scoring list—Michael Jordan. Jordan issued a statement that read, “I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.” James pulled even with MJ at 32,292 points during Wednesday’s 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets before surpassing him with a second-quarter layup, which led to a celebration inside Staples Center: LeBron finished the game with 31 points, and he now sits all alone in fourth on the all-time scoring list with 32,311 career points, which puts him within roughly 1,300 points off Kobe Bryant in third. From a statistical standpoint, James has arguably had a better career than Jordan with averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists to Jordan’s averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists. James also has more All-Star nods with 15 to MJ’s 14. The biggest separator when it comes to LeBron and Jordan, though, is championships. James has won three titles across nine career NBA Finals appearances, while Jordan won a title in each of the six times he reached the Finals. Until LeBron comes closer to matching Jordan’s total of six championships, MJ supporters will always have a rebuttal to those who believe James is the superior player.
I rest my case.