Why Lebron Chasing Jordan Is Hopeless
Last June, Lebron James wrapped up an NBA Finals for the ages, by coming back from 3-1, nearly averaging a triple double throughout the finals, and snapping a 52 year championship drought for Cleveland, to reach the most elusive goal he's ever created.
Well, until now, that is.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he spoke liberally about "the ghost he's chasing in Chicago". Naturally, he's referencing his desire to supplant Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. But of all the terms to use in referring to Jordan, he refers to him as a ghost? When's the last time anyone caught a ghost? Just saying. Anyway, I'll be clear in stating, I see nothing wrong with anyone striving to be the best in their particular field, but this isn't a wise decision to make, for two main reasons.
1) In Chasing Jordan He's Acknowledging His Own Inferiority:
You can't chase something or someone that is behind you. In chasing Jordan, he's openly acknowledging that he and his resume’ are clearly not good enough to be next to Jordan's. Regardless of the circumstances behind his 3-4 finals record, when compared to Jordan in that fashion, it's very difficult to hold weight. The stats between them are very comparable on the floor, so that's not an issue. But given the stiff competition out of the western conference, namely the GS Warriors, it begs the question: how much can his resume realistically improve to have any chance of reaching that goal?
There's only a select few teams who can legitimately win it all, but nothing's promised and there are factors such as injuries that must be taken into account. This year, J.R. Smith is out until right before the playoffs with a broken thumb, and it was only two years ago that Lebron was left all alone without the likes of Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving to back him up against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. Ultimately, it's an uphill climb, and it doesn't seem like he has much of a chance to make it to the top of that mountain.
2) The Greatest Never Compare Themselves:
Jordan's former teammate, B.J. Armstrong, confirmed as much while speaking with ESPN's Chris Broussard. He stated that Jordan never compared himself to anyone, and got angrier the more anyone compared him to others whether they played before him, against him, or after him. In other words, it was necessary for him to throw out comparisons in order to become the best.
On the contrary, Lebron has spoken out countless times comparing himself to other players around the league. In addition, he just admitted that he's been chasing Jordan throughout his entire career, so he's never even considered himself equal to Jordan. So where does the attempt at being greater come in? Also, if it's been your goal throughout your career, then why did you wait 13 years to acknowledge it as such? The most likely reason is because he never believed it was even possible for him to reach Jordan's level. Given that, the thought of chasing Jordan seems like a hopeless endeavor that can only end in coming up short.