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20 Reasons LeBron James Will Never Be Michael Jordan

Darren - June 22, 2021
NBA

20 Reasons LeBron James Will Never Be Michael Jordan

Darren - June 22, 2021
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2. Dynasty

It’s fair to say that none of James’s teams were iconic. Sure, he helped to create a legendary moment when he won a ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he never created a dynasty with any of his franchises like M.J. The closest he came to this was with the Miami Heat. James won two NBA Championships with Miami but lost his first attempt. Then, he opted out of his contract.

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But Jordan stayed loyal to the Bulls and built a dynasty. Furthermore, he helped them to overcome tough challenges. The likes of the Pistons, the Rockets, the Jazz, and the SuperSonics challenged for supremacy. But Jordan and his supporting cast stayed loyal and stood firm. The Bulls became the most storied franchise in the history of the NBA because of them.

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1. Cultural Icon

Jordan is a cultural icon in a way that James will never be. This is because M.J. brought global attention to the NBA. His legacy is far more influential than James’. While James is a spectacular player, his overall significance pales in comparison. Arguably neither of them are the greatest players ever. The likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabber and Wilt Chamberlain were also magnificent.

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Meanwhile, James confronted rivals such as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. But nobody commanded the attention of audiences like peak Jordan. He was a force of nature that went beyond the Chicago Bulls. Unless James becomes President of the USA, he can’t beat Jordan in this regard. That fact that everybody talked about “The Last Dance” 20 years after Jordan retired says a lot.

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