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Morgan Freeman’s Wednesday News And Views

“I have no idea to this day what this cotton candy was made from. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Some things are better left unsaid…”

Happy Birthday to Morgan Freeman who turns 74 today.  Morgan has always been a favorite actor of mine from the first time I watched him in the Shawshank Redemption.  No matter how many So and So Almighty movies he makes or The Sum of All Fear’s, he will still be my answer to ‘voice I would like to have narrate my life,’ questions. You know, assuming Gus Johnson isn’t available.   Plus you have to love Morgan Freeman for being the go to co-star for our own Ashley Judd.

On to the news and views:

— Biggest news of the day yesterday was Calipari continuing his friskiness at the SEC meetings in Destin.  Fresh off his tweets calling out the ‘triumvirate,’ and their ‘compadres,’ Calipari decided to take some shots at both the Big East (for their ability to get a million teams in the tournament and underperform,) and Duke (for their flopping culture.)  That’s the attitude of a Final Four coach – and a coach that knows his team is going to be sick next year.  I’ve gotta say, Calipari has unleashed the swagger lately, and I can only hope it continues into next season.  Preferably with him telling Tipton ‘that’s just a bad question,’ after the first win of the season.

— In a little draft news, it looks like Brandon Knight will work out for the Kings on Thursday.  It’s probably unlikely that Knight slips to 7, but if the Kings like what they see, they might trade up for him.  This would give them two Cal point guards and Cousins, potentially moving them into the mandatory UK fan favorite if they could ever start winning.  Meanwhile, Enes is scheduled to work out with the Jazz, the Raptors, the Cavs and the Timberwolves in the next couple weeks.

— Speaking of Enes, apparently somebody out there was spreading a nasty rumor the he had bad knees.  According to Draft Express, internet rumors were circling that Kanter’s knees could not be trusted.  I don’t know which one of you out there started it, but shame on you.  Knee issues are a big man’s kryptonite when it comes to the NBA (just look at Oden and Orton,) so it’s relieving to note that the rumors were proved false with the release of medical examination results from the Chicago combine.  And yes, in case anyone wants to know, we will now be giving out complimentary FreeKneenes T-Shirts as our prizes for all our imaginary contests.

— We got a little clarity with the Jasper to Texas Tech news from Monday, as we now know that the former UK Point Guard will be joining Billy Gillispie’s staff as a graduate assistant.  What we don’t know, though, is if he will be in charge of teaching how to block free throws or serving as the equipment truck auxiliary bus driver.

— According to the Georgia 247 site, SEC commish Mike Slive has communicated to them that they won’t be getting rid of conference divisions in basketball.  At least not next season.  Frankly it seems a little early for this to be any sort of ‘final say,’ in the matter, but Slive did comment that he was interested in hearing support for the idea.  Even if they don’t do away with the divisions next season, I would be surprised if there wasn’t a legitimate push made towards a no-division conference in the next few years.

— Looking for a good read on the hypocrisies and general stupidity of the NCAA rules?  I stumbled upon a piece written by Jeff Weyant earlier yesterday, and he takes a look at the way the NCAA handled the Derrick Rose, Cam Newton, and now Jim Tressel cases and makes some interesting points in each.  It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but if you’re looking to fuel your NCAA hate-fire, you should check it out.

The Heat won game 1 of the NBA finals.  I was going to bring Beisner in to guest commentate on that story, but he’s not returning my texts or my facebook pokes.  According to my unscientific poll on the side of the site, this news makes a lot of you sad, just as it does me.  Don’t fret though, it’s just game one of a seven game series.  Plus I’m currently writing on a Miami Heat Hate blog that will probably get in LeBron’s head enough to swing the series.  And that’s why Scottie Pippen thinks I’m probably a better blogger than Michael Jordan.

— Speaking of LeBron and Michael, I know I didn’t get enough of a reaction last time I made the comparison so I’m going to do it again.  Mainly because this is a pretty well put together video (with an obvious bias towards Jordan.)  I think the only reasonable answer to the Jordan/James debate is that James has the tools to be as good as and maybe better than Jordan, but he’s not there yet.  But it’s more fun to pick a side and yell at the other one, so how dare anyone say LeBron is better.

— Finally, don’t forget to keep TC Drake in your thoughts and prayers.  He has stabilized but remains in critical condition – we should know more over the next couple days.  The Big Blue Nation is behind you.

Stick around for more news than you can butter a biscuit with – all day long.

Article written by Will Lentz

84 Comments for Morgan Freeman’s Wednesday News And Views

  1. UK Wildcat
    12:19 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    LeBron James would beat Michael Jordan (in his prime) in a game of 1 on 1 seven out of ten times. Fact.

  2. Pretty simple
    12:21 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    1. Opinion.

  3. shadowboxer
    12:33 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    “Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to.” Oh, and #1, yeah, it isn’t a fact. You see, little one, facts are based upon evidence. You have an opinion. It is insane, but still an opinion.

  4. Webwon James
    12:34 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Lebron could definitely beat Jordan…….in a nail biting contest. Chomp Chomp.

  5. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:41 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know how people can claim Jordan is the greatest and then use the argument that he has 6 rings. Using that argument, I would say Kareem is better, because he has 6 rings, and 3 NCAA titles. And don’t forget Bill Russell who no one will ever match in titles.

  6. e
    12:47 am June 1, 2011 Permalink


  7. dude
    1:02 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    i watched/idolized jordan growing up but unfortunately i have to admit that lebron would take jordan in one on one more times than not, simply for the fact that lebron has more physical tools and is better defensively.

    lebron-best overall basketball player, jordan-best scorer of all time.

    also, whats up with all these miami heat haters on here? The heat are the NBA’s version of UK…The teams everyone loves to hate ever since Lebron left for miami and cal came to UK. I love Dirk just as much as the next UK fan and want him to score 45 every night…and lose.

  8. ky1der
    1:06 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry for the Heat haters but I am glad they won. There is no way I can root for Bibby.

  9. blueblue
    1:07 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Try this. Ask anybody you know who isn’t a sports fan (for instances let’s say your grandmother) who Michael Jordan is. Then ask the same person who Lebron James is. I’d be willing to bet anything that the percentage would weigh heavily in Jordan’s favor. This is simply because he is the GREATEST there has ever been, and no one will ever even be able to come close to touching that!!!

  10. aka cold buckets
    1:12 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    9…Why would we value the opinion of someone who isn’t a sports fan/doesnt know about sports?

  11. Blue
    1:14 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    We need to get Morgan Freeman to call the NCAA tourney games. A guy can dream can’t he?

  12. hey stupid
    1:16 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    #10, prolly the best counter argument i’ve ever heard, lol,

  13. blueblue
    1:17 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    We aren’t asking for an opinion. We are asking to see if they know who Jordan is, or who Lebron James is. My point is everybody, including people who don’t like sports, knows who Michael Jordan is. The same can’t be said about Lebron James.

  14. dude
    1:19 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    yeah #9 that was a stupid argument. well said #10

  15. dude
    1:24 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    and if my old ass grandmother knows who jordan is, its def not because she watched him play, its because he arguably had the biggest advertising campaign for one individual in sports history. put me on commercials everyday for 15+ years and youd be surprised who knows my name years from now too.

  16. blueblue
    1:25 am June 1, 2011 Permalink


  17. heh
    1:30 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    The difference between Jordan and Lebron is that Jordan took his teams to the titles, but Lebron wants his teams to get him there.

  18. workingman
    1:43 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    That choir is super flat on that video.

  19. theSkinny
    1:43 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    listen to Thameltoe’s ‘dooshie’ laugh at 3:57

  20. dude
    1:50 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    17 thats ridiculous. without pippen, jordan would be a few titles short. everybody needs teammates. lebron is just less selfish is all.

  21. Obrzut Jones
    2:03 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone who is dumb enough to say Lebron would beat Jordan one-on-one probably thinks Jordan was “that old dude who played for the Wizards who’s now in those Hanes commercials.”

    Just so you kiddies are aware: Kobe was in that conversation not too long ago. And before him it was Penny Hardaway (for a very brief time) but you probably don’t know who he is.

    The fact that Jordan is used as the bar to which a good/great player is measured against should tell you something.

    And by the way, I was never a fan of Jordan. But I still know a legend when I see one.

  22. yep.
    2:06 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    The whole debate is nonsense. Yes, Jordan was a great player, but he also had a fantastic team. Lebron hasn’t until now. Lebron took the Cavs – a team that would have won 10 games without him – to the playoffs how many times?

    Put Kerr, Pippen, Rodman, Harper, Longley and Kukoc on the Cavs and have them coached by Phil Jackson, and I bet Lebron might have a ring or two …

  23. Bigblue88
    2:20 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Ask any old woman who they know more: OJ Simpson or Emmitt Smith? Probably, they’ll say OJ. Does that make him a better running back? No. That just means that he was on one of the 4 stations that was on tv back then. I wish someone would have kept a tally of the number of times Jordan’s name was said on ESPN during his 1st 7 years vs. LeBron. I venture to guess LeBron wins that battle. Growing up (10-16, so ’00-’06 and Jordan was only a couple of years removed from ’98), do you know what my friends would say when they made a fadeaway shot? “Kobe!” The world of “Like Mike” doesn’t exist anymore. I think he’s the greatest player of all time. LeBron certainly has a shot, but Jordan is king for now. You just can’t use the argument of who knows who more.

  24. lynchburg(va) cat
    2:28 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    wait…I’ve seen this movie before. Cal gets kicked off of twitter and forced to do extra conditioning… don’t worry it ends well. We’ll spend half the year talking about how John Hood would have played the whole second half of every game if that the NCAA wouldn’t have screwed us with that Turkish coach, and when it all comes together, we’ll say that coaching against him in practice made Cal better. After we hang number 8, though, we’ll start writing stories about how that Turkish coach actually benefited from practicing against Cal all year. The Knicks hand him the keys to the kingdom despite the fact that he hasn’t competed on a national stage since his team dominated the Nike hoops summit. We talk for years about how awesome the Wizards would have been. Don’t miss the Cal to the Knicks reference. I beg you.

  25. You Can Call Me Cal
    2:33 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone who would pick Lebron over Jordan in his prime for your starting five is NUTS! I don’t care what you think he can do better than Michael Jordan. The one thing he can’t do better is WIN. At least not yet. Jordan willed his teams to victory. I haven’t seen Lebron do that. Get back to me when he has. #jordan #winning

  26. presence
    2:37 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan made it look easier than anyone ever has. There is no universally agreed upon way to measure how he was the focus and thrived.

  27. ElHeat
    3:20 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    9- you’re an idiot
    13- you’re probably the same person as #9 but I promise you everyone knows LeBron
    17- You know Pippen and Rodman are both in the hall of fame, right?
    26- LeBron finally has a squad and look what has happened. #winning

  28. jordan
    3:51 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    haha.comparing jordan to lebron in one on one game is stupid.didnt know they played 1on1 for best ever lol.look at the 2007 cavs make the finals spurs go 4-0 on them. i promiss you jordan would not have let that happen he wins atleast 1game with that team if not the finals easy.lebron just ant got what jordan had an never will.lebron is great an 1 of the best all-time but should never be compared to jordan and to is alil stat for u on the 98 bulls an the 07 cavs.kerr 7.5 ppg.pippen 19.1 kukoc 13.3 harper 9.3 rodman 4.7 longley 11.4 an mj 28.7 an now the cavs Larry Hughes 14.9 Zydrunas Ilgauskas 11.9 Drew Gooden 11.1 Sasha Pavlovic 9.0 donyell marshall 7.0 Anderson Varejao 6.8 Damon Jones 6.6 lebron 27.3 an he cant win 1 game in the finals?cavs not as good as bulls team but still come on mj 8723578578347348473745539935835 times better.if u says lebrons better u really need help.

  29. jordan
    4:05 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    oh an without mj most of those players would have been ?

  30. Ukblue7
    4:13 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    29. Was your goal to snow that both teams had other players that scored points? I don’t get what you’re going for there. The thing you don’t seem to get is that pipp and rodman are HOF players. Also, did you realize after the first bulls 3-peat, and Jordan retired, the bulls made the playoffs without him. Did you notice how bad the cavs were without lebron this year? So everyone can cut the supporting cast garbage. Some people don’t get it, lebron isn’t the next MJ he’s the first LEBRON…sit back and enjoy. He’s a completely different kind of player than Jordan, the comparison isn’t really very fair to either player, but have the conversation about the championships when his career is over, not sure if anyone has noticed, but if you think there is a team that can beat the heat in a 7 game series you don’t know what you’re watching. They will get multiple championships, then have the convo.

  31. UK Wildcat
    4:24 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    LeBron James: 6’8, 240 pounds.

    27.7 Points
    7.1 Rebounds
    7.0 Assists
    51.7% Two Point Field Goal Percentage
    32.9% Three Point Field Goal Percentage
    74.4% Free Throw Percentage
    3 NBA All-Defensive Team Selections (All First team)

    Michael Jordan: 6’6, 195 Pounds.
    (First 8 Seasons)
    32.3 Points
    6.3 Rebounds
    5.9 Assists
    53.3% Two Point Field Goal Percentage
    28.4% Three Point Field Goal Percentage
    84.6% Free Throw Percentage
    5 NBA All-Defensive Team Selections (All First Team)

    Considering LeBron James entered the league directly out of high school at age 18, while Michael Jordan spent 3 years at North Carolina, I’d say that his stats are pretty impressive in comparison.

    To say LeBron James isn’t close to the player Jordan was is absolutely ridiculous, because he’s putting up comparable stats to Jordan while being 2 inches taller, 40 pounds heavier, and 3 years younger at the start of his career.

  32. UK Wildcat
    5:18 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    See, the thing about Michael Jordan is this. He is probably the greatest basketball player of all time, all things considered. At the very least, he’s the greatest of this generation. However, through careful marketing, endorsements, etc. he has been built up into something of a folk hero. Many get offended just by the mere thought that anyone could be compared to Michael Jordan. If you listen to the way some people tell it (I’m talking to you, #29), MJ essentially took a team of Helen Kellers with cerebral palsy and led them to six championships, all the while managing to shit ice cream, compose a sonnet, and save Christmas.

  33. Park Diesel
    5:44 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    1) From the post- Just for clarification, Tubby was the coach who told Sherray Thomas to block the free throw not Gillespie.

    2) Jordan/LeBron- Jordan was a great athlete when he entered the NBA. Then they said he couldn’t play defense. So he went out and did it & won tons of Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Then they said he didn’t have a jump shot. So he went out and worked on it and got one. This goes on and on until Jordan makes himself the greatest basketball player of all time. I have never seen any player from any sport be able to inflict their will on a game like Michael Jordan could in basketball. In his prime he could literally do anything he wanted, you could not stop him from doing so. And God help you if you had to play him when he was sick, then you were really in trouble.

    LeBron is a great basketball player. But he is not now, nor will he probably ever be, in the same caliber as Jordan. And that is not a knock against him, because no one else is either.

  34. Park Diesel
    5:49 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    And 32)- its not all about stats. If you watched Jordan’s career and have watched LeBron’s career, you think Jordan is better. If you have only watched LeBron’s career and seen highlights of Jordan (or his late years), you may think LeBron is better.

  35. catcrawler
    5:53 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    There’s only 1 JORDAN and the rest (Kobe, Lebron) are just a notch below JORDAN status.

  36. SexnNursinHomes
    6:11 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    debated Beis on this. But really only 2 rings of Jordan’s are really worthy. He beat the Laker’s when they were ready to draw Medicare and Social Security and Magic Johnson had HIV. Then the next one against the Blazers was good. Other than that, I’m not impressed with Michael Jordan’s other 4 rings. Jordan would NEVER have beaten any of the early 80’s Celtic/Laker teams. The other 4 rings Jordan got were against shitty competition. Suns, Sonics, and two Jazz teams. And the 2 Jazz teams that had Stockton and Malone, both were nearly 40 years old. If James wins, his title came against crappy competition too. Matter of fact, the NBA died when the Laker/Celtic teams of 80’s lost their power.

    one thing is certain, no one in the history of the game was better marketed than Jordan. Put his face on a bag of piss and dumb asses would line up the street to buy Michael Jordan’s piss bag.

  37. philly cat
    6:36 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    if jordan doesn’t play baseball, the bulls likely win 8 straight titles. he won it EVERY YEAR he played a full season at the peak of his career.

    If that isn’t convincing enough, go look back at his stats in the ’93 Finals. 41ppg.

    LeBron has a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go.

  38. bung
    7:30 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Frank Ramsey

  39. BB
    7:31 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan was must see TV… James, not so much…

  40. Claud Bawls
    7:32 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan wasn’t even the best player when he was playing.

  41. mailman85
    7:43 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Any knowledgeable fan who has watched both Jordan and Lebron play would agree Jordan was better and it isn’t even close….

  42. mark p
    7:45 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Nobody dominated basketball like Jordan did ever. He didn’t play in the white boy era of Bill Russell. He’s maybe not the passer that LeBron is but he was so dominant and clutch with the ball the end result was better than LeBron’s passing. As far as defensively he was one of the best in the game when he played as well. He gave up a few years of his career for baseball and just how many points would he have scored if he didn’t go 3 years to college plus the baseball years? Just flash back to the decisive game with the Jazz he steals the ball from Karl Malone and everyone on the planet knows he’s going to shoot the last shot but he still drains it. Seriously, let’s say your life is on the line and you pick one player to have the ball with a few seconds to play to win. This is a no brainer.

  43. duhville cat
    7:51 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to.”
    “Why he picked enchilada night… I’ll never know.”

  44. thenamerobdigity
    7:56 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Who was better in High School, Lebron or Jordan? Who was better in college years Lebron or Jordan? (Jordan drafted 3 overall, James 1 out of High School)

  45. JRA
    8:03 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    entertainment, personally would rather go watch Michael Jordan any day of the week and twice on the weekend, Lebron is great, Jordan better!

  46. For reals
    8:04 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan > LeBron, and it’s not even close.

  47. Hosscat
    8:06 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    IDC what you say, perry blocking that free throw was the best thing to happen during Clyde’s time here

  48. Buckets
    8:09 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    How many game-winners has LeBron hit? I seem to recall a lot of end-of-game failures for King James. He’s great, but he’s no Jordan. Let’s debate the topic again in 10-15 years.

  49. voice of reason
    8:13 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan hit game winning shot after game winning shot after game winning shot…when everyone knew he would be the one taking the shot. James usually passes on the big shots…or misses.

    Jordan did not always have a loaded team. He did a lot with crap teams. And he never left his bad team to join up with a couple of stars on another team. Pippen was a highly controversial draft pick and a project. Jordan made him who he was…and he stunk without Jordan.

    Also, don’t forget Jordan was away from basketball while trying baseball. He would have won more than 6 had he stayed on. And he would have even more records.

    Both are great players. Jordan was easily better.

  50. Al's IndiCats
    8:15 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I love it when a basketball arguement about two of the best (notice I didn’t say greatest) will have on their resume’. Jabbar could not be stopped in both college and in teh pros. Although I hated him and that flipping little cheating (L) “wizard of Westwood,” he was awesome when he played.

  51. Powerlifter165
    8:31 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    #42 Please go look up a player by the name of Wilt Chamberlain. He dominated like no other player to the point that rule changes were implimented just keep him from dominating so much.

  52. knightynight
    8:41 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    34) if you think Lebron only weighs 240 pounds you are crazy! more like 260 pushing 270…he is a beast.

  53. knightynight
    8:41 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    i meant 31

  54. catscatscats
    8:50 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Let lebron go play baseball for two years and the come back to basketball and see if he can win 3 championships in a row

  55. NegativeForNoReason
    8:59 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Michael Jordan has a good boy phone and a naughty boy phone.

  56. Jonah Hex
    9:03 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I grew up as a huge Jordan fan, still am to this day. Had every shoe, every poster (it seemed) etc. Jordan was the best ever, but James would probably beat him 1 on 1- physically James has more gifts. James also reached an NBA finals prior to when Jordan did on a much worse team than Jordan had. You take Jordan off the Bulls and they are one stupid foul call from beating the Knicks and making it back to the NBA Finals- true story. Look what happened when you take Lebron off the Cavs.

    Peyton Manning was considered one of the best of all time, even when all he had was a bunch of MVP trophies and no ring (yes I know he got one but there are a lot of good–>great QBs with just one). Sounds a lot like James- except he is hated much more.

    More people would probably know Jordan more than James and while some is due to basketball a lot isnt. Jordan was like Ali. Ali got the crap beat out of him by Frazier, Forman, and Norton (who broke Alis jaw), he wasnt as dominant as people remember. But he was an icon for the way he changed the sport, culture, and communities- much like Jordan. Lebron hasnt come close to that. In the ring Ali was very beatable and did get beat. On the court, I honestly feel Jordan would meet his match with James, but we will never know for sure.

  57. Laker Cat 18
    9:05 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    If Jordan doesn’t have Pippen, Jordan will find someone else. If Pippen doesn’t have Jordan, you never hear Pippen’s name. Jordan makes the people around him better. Not so sure LeBron does.

  58. DerbyDemon
    9:18 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    How many titles did Michael Jordan win? How many titles has Your Royal Doucheness (a/k/a LeBron Jame) won? There; argument over.

  59. Manbearpig
    9:27 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    All I know is if the MonStars ever invaded Earth and we needed one b-ball player in their prime to fight for our existence I’m going with Jordan, everytime!

  60. UKfan97
    9:35 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    How at this point is this even a debate? It isn’t. Give Lebron another 3-5 years and then we might have a better idea, but for now there is no way anyone can possibly say he is better then Jordan. I’m not one to say championships are a barometer or anything, but at some point Lebron has to earn some additional accolades to even be in Jordan company.

  61. bung
    9:48 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Ali never got beat by Foreman, won 2 of 3 from Frazier and 2 of 3 from Norton and never got to box in his prime. These in state guys are good………

  62. UKfan97
    9:55 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    44) That post was utterly useless.

  63. fiddlestix
    10:09 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Do you suppose Weyant will propose a college “draft”?

  64. uk blue thick n thru
    10:14 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Put it this way: when Jordan was in the high of his career, the NBA was biggest it ever was and had more excitement and buzz than ever!!! Teams competed and they played defense!! After he left ratings shot and it was never the same! Lebron or Kobe two superstars couldnt bring them up! You had teams back then with chemistry and systems. Now you have none of that! No team is together except for the spurs who all are about to apply for social security. Lebron left the cavs for a team already with Wade and add Bosh, thats sad if you cant win with that team! And dont say MJ was marketable and hyped by media, the media today and advertising and commercials are insane and Lebron still is not popular than Jordan. Give me a pair of Js anyday over Lebrons!

  65. SexnNursinHomes
    10:18 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    64- no the nba wasn’t at the best of it’s years in Jordan’s prime. That’s bull. NONE of Jordan’s teams would have beaten any of the early Laker and Celtic teams. My guess, Jordan was the best during your prime time years of watching basketball.

  66. KYWineman
    10:18 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    The rumors about Enes’ knees was probably started by one of the Morris twins.

  67. bigbluecats350
    10:19 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Wait till Lebrons career is over then debate. Any way. this is an opinion question not a fact question. Jordan was an awesome player. But many other names can be debated with Jordans besides Lebrons. Some of you need to watch some games of guys like Chamberlin, Jabbar and even a guy named Larry Bird. no i didnt say they were better but some of you should really go watch some old tapes of those guys. Ive seen some comments about the Cavs not making the playoffs after James. THAT TEAM WAS DISMANTLED AFTER HE LEFT! West, gone. Ilgauskiliskalistaticus, gone and i dont even know who else. So that argument is void. Pippen and Rodman are not HOF without Jordan. Wade already has a title and Im sure hes not the only one left over from that team. James will always be looked at different because of what he did. Joining an all-star cast just to win titles. Jordan toughed it out and when he came back from retirement thefirst time it didnt take years for them to be a contender, they won it all right away. 3 times in a row again

  68. UKfan97
    10:34 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    1) Fact. You are wrong and have no idea

  69. Just saying
    10:47 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    the biggest difference is all the PEDs that LeBron is taking, versus MJs days. LeBron WILL get busted for performance enhancement drugs before his career is over, just like ARod, and all the other “greatest in the game” in this ridiculous short-memory pro-sporting era. I grew up watching MJ and Im not to old to (Im 36) now watch LeBron, who all the way up until this month was the “guy that couldnt hit a game winner”, and not see the real difference. Without MJ, Scotty Pippen was nothing (remember those two years in Chicago Scotty). MJ was known to getting his teammates involved, and then when the game mattered, it was MJ time. LeBron does not have those skills, yet.

  70. Guck Foodman
    10:55 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jordan was a jerk, a flake, and liked baby blue. He had a decent mid-range shot though.

  71. Cristoforouk
    10:57 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    You guys do know that MJ did not win his first title until he was 28, right? When he first came into the league he was a scorer, and then developed to what we all know him as now. But that didn’t happen until his late 20’s. Lebron is only 26, and is already a better all around player than MJ was at the same age. I liken him more to Magic than MJ though. If Lebron wins a title this year he is ahead of MJ in that department (related to where they would be in their career).

    Long ways to go for him to get there, but it is definitely realistic. The thing that has always kept Lebron down for me is his mental toughness (cue Billy G). But he has shown a great mental toughness in the playoffs this year. He has willed the Heat to wins much like MJ did during his late 20’s and early 30’s while Wade has been wildly inconsistent.

  72. The Realist
    11:12 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Someone above said Lebron would beat Jordon 7 out of 10 times. That would not happen because Jordon would not let it happen. Jordon was one of the greatest competitors of all time. Most people would have to have competed at a high athletic level to understand that. I honestly cannot recall Jordon ever failing at Crunch Time. I can recall several times Lebron has. Pippen failed without Jordon and has always struggled with that, hence what he said. Bosh and Wade were great without Lebron. Pippen and the other Bull’s teammates were not without Jordon. This all pains me to say because I personally dislike Jordon, but a spade’s a spade. Let’s put it this way, if my life was on the line where I had to have a player to score (steal, defensive stop etc.) to save me, I would pick Jordon with no hesitation and Lebron would not be second or third, or many more tines. It is that he is THE hot one now.

  73. no comments
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  74. jeffsigler
    11:39 am June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I am sick and tired of this shit… LEBRON IS NOT EVEN THE BEST PLAYER ON HIS TEAM!!!!!!

  75. uk class of 2013
    12:12 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I dont know why its so ridiculous to compare these two players. When its all said and done, we are probably talking about the #1 and #2 greatest players of all time. Is Lebron better than Jordan right now? No. Could he be better than him in 15 years from now after he is done with his NBA career? Maybe.

  76. peoplewhowork
    12:34 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Taking away the fact that Michael Jordan changed the game and changed the way people viewed the game. Then of course taking away what he did for marketing of sports figures specifically basketball players, leading the way there. Just looking at what he has accomplished on the court. Lebron James is not close, no where near Jordan. Lebron James will never be what Jordan was even if he wins six championships. The MVP trophy is a joke always has been, Jordan won it James won it big deal. Jordan carried his teams to championships. James prevented the Cavaliers from winning. Then he moved to Miami where Wade coud do it for him. James is a good player great even but, he is no where near the greatest. Big difference from best player today and greatest of all time.

  77. JohnnyBlue
    12:34 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    If Jordan and Lebron were on the same team, who would be “Batman” and who would be “Robin?” Pretty sure Jordan would run that team, Lebron would be the role player that Pippen was. Asking Jordan if its ok if he can take a shower now. Lebrons game is rediculous, I still think Jordans was better. We still have a ways to go to see if Lebron is better.

  78. Born Blue/Die Blue
    12:45 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    Cliche “You can measure everything but heart”…but in this case—One Game LeBron Wins, A Best of ________ Series, Jordan wins. And it pains me to say that because he is from NC.

  79. bigbluemaniac19
    2:06 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    they say jordan cant play defense, try 9time nba all defensive firt team and defensive poy in 1988. mans career avereges are 30points, 6 rebs and 5 assist per game. hes the bulls franchise leader in assists. that to go along with winning 6 titles, bein a 5 time mvp, goin to college a winning a title and bein college basketballs poy and even bein a 2time slam dunk champ makes him the best player ever to play. along with the fact he changed the game forever an current great players get compared to him!

  80. no
    3:41 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    lebron sux

  81. Cristoforouk
    4:26 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know what games some of you all are watching but Lebron has been carrying the Heat this postseason. Wade has been very unreliable. If anything Bosh has been the Heat’s second best player this postseason.

    I don’t think Lebron will ever be the scorer that MJ was. Nobody probably will be. But he can be a better all around player. Needs to become a better competitor as someone pointed out. That is all mental. Not sure Lebron has it though. He seems soft at times mentally. I think Lebron is a more athletic version of Magic Johnson. Their games are much more similar than he and MJ.

  82. jordan
    4:57 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    76. you my friend nailed it pretty damn hard.well said

  83. mark p
    9:07 pm June 1, 2011 Permalink

    51 please go look up how many slow, non athletic white boys played during Wilt’s prime. Nuff said.

  84. ??
    2:52 am June 2, 2011 Permalink

    For those of you saying Pippen was nothing when Jordan left, you’re wrong. In the 93-94 season he led the league in steals, got All-star game MVP and was first team all NBA. Oh and they only won two less games that season than when Jordan was there the year prior.