People have been debating more and more who is a better player between LeBron James and Michael Jordan. The defining differences people always bring up are the championships and the willingness to take a shot at the end of a close game. Neither of these define whether a player is better than another. Otherwise we would be saying Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry is better than both of them. He has as many championships as both of them combined and was always willing to drain a dagger three.
Another factor people forget comes into play is the fact that the popularity of the NBA grew leaps and bounds with Jordan. He was marketed like no other by all kinds of companies, such as, Nike and Gatorade. People were told through advertising that Michael Jordan was the greatest player of all time. LeBron hasn’t gotten the same advertising. There is a really good chance the popularity of Jordan will never be passed by Lebron. Again though, this doesn’t make him a better player.
Let’s start to break down why Lebron James is a superior basketball player to Michael Jordan. A lot of people like to bash LeBron having to go to the Miami Heat to be part of a super team to win a championship. This is just the way the league is now. Free Agency is way more of a factor nowadays than it was in Jordan’s era. Jordan didn’t exactly carry his teams to championships like people think. The year before Jordan retired for the first time, the Chicago Bulls went 57-25 and won the NBA Championship over the Phoenix Suns in six games. The year he was retired the Bulls went 55-27 and were one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals. Looking at LeBron with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his final season they were 61-21 and made it to the second round of the playoffs with their second best player being Mo Williams, not, top 50 Player of All-Time, Scottie Pippen. The next year the Cavs went 19-63, 18 games out of a playoff spot and 43 games out of their division lead. This just shows how much more talent LeBron has over Jordan. LeBron clearly has a bigger impact on the court as a player.
In overall stats LeBron has the upper-hand over Jordan, as well. I will say Jordan is a better scorer, but that is about all he has on LeBron. Jordan averaged 2.5 more points per 36 minutes than LeBron has. When it comes to assists and rebounds, LeBrons averages more than an assist per 36 minutes more and a half rebound more a game. LeBron has also been a better three-point shooter than Jordan over his career. Even being on a “super team”, LeBron is averaging more points, assists, rebounds, steals and has a better field goal percentage than any other player on the team. He is also has a better three-point shooting percentage than anyone on the team, a team that includes the best three-point shooter in NBA history, Ray Allen. I am pretty sure, Jordan never did that.
LeBron is just now coming into the prime of his career. His stats are only going to get better. Face it folks, we are witnessing the best basketball player since Oscar Robinson (LeBron vs. Oscar is a debate for another day). You can dislike LeBron because of “The Decision” , but you can’t argue how good he is. Move aside Jordan, LeBron is a better overall player than you.
Last week Brad and I sent email letters to the Seattle City Council and the King County Council. We each got two emails back. Both of us received one from from Joe McDermott, King County Councilmember, District 8. Brad also received a response from Larry Phillips, Councilmember Metropolitain King County Council, District 4. The second response that I received was from James Bush, Communication Specialist for King County Executive Dow Constantine. The letter from Joe McDermott was a template response, the same letter was sent to Brad and I. Here is all three letters. There is a lot of good information in the letters.
Here is the Joe McDermott letter:
Thank you very much for your email.
As you know, in May, Chris Hansen reached a memorandum of understanding with County Executive Constantine and Seattle Mayor McGinn to construct a facility in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood with the ability to host NBA and NHL teams.
I agree that this is an exciting proposition and potentially a great opportunity for the region; and I know that for many fans this proposal is a reason to have great hope that the Sonics will play in Seattle again.
As exciting as this proposal is, many questions remain to be answered. That is why, as Chair of the County’s Budget & Fiscal Management Committee, I have brought together a panel of outside experts that will provide councilmembers with independent analysis of the plan. The panel is comprised of experts in economics, public finance, public-private partnerships, labor, urban development and transportation who have generously volunteered their time and expertise to help the Council better understand the benefits and risks of the proposal.
On June 5th the Budget Committee had its first briefing on the ordinance. Tuesday the committee met again for a presentation and discussion with Hansen and to give all members their first chance to hear from our panel of experts. Some have suggested putting this proposal up for a public vote; however, we are elected to make just this sort of decision and I believe it is our responsibility as elected representatives to resolve this at the Council level. The Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, and the entire King County Council, are dedicated to fully vetting the all aspects of the proposal andI’m looking forward to a robust discussion and to continuing to work with all the stake holders.
An important part of that discuss is hearing from you directly. To that end, the King County Council and Seattle City Council will be holding a joint public meeting on Thursday, July 19th to hear from the public. The meeting begins at 5:30pm at Seattle City Hall and all are invited to attend and give in-person testimony. Both Councils will accept written public comments at any time as well. Please find details for that meeting below:
Public hearing on proposed SODO arena legislation
Thursday, July 19th
5:30 p.m. Sign-up begins at 5:00 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, First Floor
Again, thank you for your thoughtful input on this subject. I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you and other members of the community as this process continues to unfold.
Please keep in touch,
Here is the letter from James Bush that speaks on behalf of Dow Constantine:
Dear Mr. Kelley:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the proposal from investor Chris Hansen to construct a basketball/hockey arena in the SODO neighborhood and to bring NBA basketball and NHL hockey franchises to Seattle.
On May 16, Executive Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn released proposed agreements between the City, the County, and ArenaCo (Mr. Hanson’s company) to govern the financing of a new multi-purpose arena.
This proposal represents a unique opportunity for our region. Under the agreement, Mr. Hansen and his co-investors would invest more than $800 million in private capital in the purchase of teams and arena construction, with the City and County issuing public debt totaling $200 million. This proposal represents the largest contribution of private capital ever to a public stadium or arena project. It is important to note that all of the public issued debt will be repaid by the taxes generated from the site and rent paid for by the team owners. No new taxes are proposed as part of this project.
At the start of this process, Executive Constantine and Mayor McGinn established several principles for any agreement reached between the City, County and the private investor. These principles are:
· A new arena must be self-funding, and not rely on new taxes;
· Existing City and County funds and services will not be adversely impacted;
· Private investors would bear risk against revenue shortfalls;
· Any project cost overruns will be the responsibility of the private investors;
· Private funding should be provided for a study of ways that Key Arena can be modified to keep it a financially successful part of Seattle Center.
No bonds will be issued for arena construction until Mr. Hansen and his group land an NBA franchise, and the bonds will be repaid by the revenues generated by this facility. Under his proposal, Mr. Hansen and his group will pay for any cost overruns and any shortfall in revenue.
A panel of community leaders and finance experts examined the preliminary proposal and, on April 4, endorsed moving forward, while identifying issues for further study, including the impacts of a new arena on traffic and transportation. The King County Council is now evaluating this proposal.
King County is working with various parties to address any transportation impacts caused by the new proposed arena, as well as the broader transportation needs of the South Downtown (“SoDo”) area of Seattle. Mr. Hanson also recently commissioned a transportation study that shows how arena generated traffic could be accommodated, particularly on days where events might overlap with other stadium traffic.
And, while there are challenges in the SoDo neighborhood, including freight mobility issues, we must remember that it is the largest transportation hub in our region—with service from Link light rail, a Sounder commuter train line, three bus rapid transit lines, 21 Metro bus lines, nine Sound Transit express bus lines, four ferry routes, two interstate freeways, and a future deep bore tunnel. There is no other site in the region so well served by major transportation assets.
King County Council and the Seattle City Council are now in the process of review the arena proposal. Executive Constantine looks forward to working with these legislative bodies as their members consider this unique opportunity.
for King County Executive Dow Constantine
Here is the letter from Larry Phillips:
Dear Mr. Dobbs,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposal to build a new professional sports arena in SoDo. This is an important issue with high stakes for our community, so I especially appreciate hearing your thoughts on the matter.
My family and I have been long time fans of our local sports teams, and especially the Seattle Supersonics. I appreciate the economic and cultural benefits of having professional sports teams—including basketball and hockey — play here and represent tour region to the nation at–large, and have closely followed proposals in recent years from private, local investors to bring a basketball team and accompanying stadium improvements back to Seattle.
Most importantly, as an elected official responsible for fiscal stewardship of county taxpayer resources, I am keenly aware of the need to safeguard our public funds from financial risk. These funds must pay for basic public services including public health and safety, roads and transit, and our justice system as local government’s top priorities. This is the lens through which I am viewing the new arena proposal.
As you may know, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Christopher Hansen, a private investor who proposes to bring NBA basketball and NHL hockey franchises to Seattle, have reached agreement on a financing proposal for the new arena. This agreement will now be reviewed by the Seattle City Council and King County Council, respectively, for possible approval in upcoming months. Because this issue is now under active consideration by the King County Council, I appreciate knowing your views on this matter.
Knowing the potential for future King County Council involvement, earlier this year I submitted a several rounds of rigorous questions to the Arena Review Panel and Mayor McGinn, respectively, for review and response. I continue to have concerns about existing obligations for other stadium debt, overall existing debt load for City and County government, the viability of this arena proposal given other established stadiums and professional sports teams in our region, the financial soundness of the facility proposal and its private investors, neighborhood transportation infrastructure, and public involvement in this decision. I will continue to ask tough questions about this proposal as this process moves forward, with a focus on protecting our taxpayers and limited taxpayer funds.
Thank you again for contacting me with your input on this exciting proposal for our community. I will have your input in mind as we move forward.
Larry Phillips, Councilmember
Metropolitan King County Council, District Four
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA 98104-3272
If you are from Seattle, like I am, then you may be torn on who you want to win the NBA Finals. Let me say it the way most of you are probably thinking about it. Which team do you want to lose more? A lot of people in the Northwest do not want the Oklahoma City Thunder, formally known as the Seattle Supersonics, to win a championship that should be theirs. On the other side, a lot of people can’t stand LeBron James and the way the Miami Heat were put together and want them to never get a championship.
I am here to give you some, as Pete Carroll would say, “stuff” to help you view the Finals with more of a positive perspective.
The NBA playoff have a way of making your emotions swing from complete jubilation to being completely dejected. The emotional swings can go from game to game, quarter to quarter and even minute to minute. Which is what makes sports the greatest entertainment on the planet. Look at both conference finals. The Spurs won the first two games to extend their winning streak to 20 games. No one gave OKC a chance to win that series. Turns out, everyone and their mom were wrong. The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Boston, as well. Everyone had chalked up the series to being over. The old men in Boston had something to say about that. Winning the next three games, including a win on Miami’s home floor. Miami jumped on LeBron James’ back and rode him to a matchup against a much younger and almost as talented Thunder team.
I will be the first to tell you, I was rooting hard for the Spurs, which is the first time that has ever happened in my life. Staying on the positive, the Thunder’s youth and athleticism proved to be too much. The Thunder’s core of players are children, all four are 23 or younger. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the most electrifying stars in basketball. The best beard in the league, James Harden, comes off the bench and contributes more than the starters. Even being from Seattle, its hard to not like this team. If they weren’t the Sonics previously and they came from another city, I would be all about them. Durant was the league’s leading scorer and is a class act. I think Sonics fans hate not being in the position to win a title, you can’t hate these guys on a personal level.
As for the Miami Heat, they have the best player since Michael Jordan with LeBron James. Some would even say he is better than Jordan (That might just be me). The Heat also have Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. These three have combined for one of the most talented teams of all time. It is rare to see this amount of skill on a basketball floor, playing together, at one time. Back to LeBron, he complete basketball game is incredible. He will guard the Heat’s opponent’s best player for a majority of the game, no matter what their position is. Against the Celtics, he shut down Paul Pierce. Last year, it was Derrick Rose getting shut down. LeBron is the most versatile player in today’s NBA.
This series will feature five players that are some of the biggest stars in the NBA. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Bosh will all bring great performances on the court and will also bring fashion to another level in the post game interviews and pregame tunnel walks. There is no telling who will win this series and that is what makes a great series. You can expect close games with the stars of the teams battling it out down the stretch. Overtime is definitely a possibility and outside of the NHL overtime, there might not be anything more exciting in sports. This series won’t be short, which brings on the chances of a Game 7. Game 7′s bring the most pressure and bring the most determination and skill to the forefront.
Even if you have completely tuned the NBA out, this is a series you must watch. Put your hatred for either of these teams aside and enjoy the best of what the NBA has to offer.
Before I get going, let me first say that I think LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan, but that is a topic for another day. However, I think his beard is somewhere along the line of Sam Bowie, it just isn’t doing the job. As a man who has rocked a beard almost every day of his adult life, I feel that I have some expertise on beards and LeBron’s just isn’t cutting it. I see beards every day that magnificent, and I simply give those guys, occasionally ladies, a tip of the hat for the glory that is on their face. LeBron needs to step up his beard game to match his basketball game.
There are some great beards in sports that are so beautiful that they make me shed a tear. When Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants, went down with injury, I punch the couch knowing his beard wouldn’t get the amount of coverage it deserved this season. Baron Davis’ beard is an example of how to grow a beard. His beard has stood the test of time. The basketball skills have diminished, but his beard skills have stayed on top of the world. Another beard that LeBron should look to for inspiration is the facial excellence of James Harden. Harden has been sporting the second coming of Jesus since his days at Arizona State. You wonder how a non-basketball powerhouse like Arizona State could make tournaments and the Thunder are dominant, it’s the beard. Duh!
I have to be the one to fix what you are rocking on your face, LeBron. First of all, the only other people who rock your style of beard are rolling horses and buggies. The other person that went big with that style beard was Abe Lincoln. What’s he up to lately? (Too soon?) The point is Lebron needs to get the whole face going with the beard. No more of this grown out chin strap. The world’s best player should have the world’s best beard. If you can’t get the world’s best beard, at least try.
I know there are more sports beards out there. Let us know which other ones are there. Leave us pictures, links or hit us up on Twitter.