LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan: 4 Key Differences

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The totality of sports comes down to competition. That is the forceful comparison of one athlete against another in an effort to determine which player is, ultimately, the best. It’s lose and go home. The comparison loses a little bit of luster in team sports, but not a ton in basketball, where individual players have to play offense and defense, and there are only five guys on the court per team at any given time.

The point here is that superstars shine brightest in the NBA. No other sport can be boiled down so succinctly to one-on-one action (aside from the various punching and kicking disciplines), and when someone’s ‘The Best in the League,’ they earn every single one of those capital letters. At two close but distinct points in recent NBA history, LeBron James and Michael Jordan have both been the best.

James is that very thing right now. Jordan was that thing for almost the entire ’90s. Since no one can be content with separate bests, they’ve been compared against each other almost as soon as LeBron entered the league, all the way back to 2003. Even though Kareem put it best when he told The Daily News that, “It’s impossible to judge over the generations. Every ten years you should have rank a 10-year team,”  it remains that LeBron’s never going to be Jordan-esque, no matter how hard he tries. Let’s take a look at why that is.

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