Originally Posted by KC_Connection
You kind of made it seem as if what LeBron is doing right now wasn't as impressive as that season (and as I showed, it very much is). They're both two of the greatest to ever play the game and both dominated the game at a very similar level. MJ is the past, though, and LeBron is the present and future.
I think what people want to see out of Lebron is what we saw out of him in that game 6 against Boston. That was pure desire and crazy results when he needed to do it. That's what MJ did during his run. That's the legacy he built. When I think of MJ(granted I was young when he went on his run) I think of clutch and unmatched will to win. All the skill and stats but clutch and unmatched will to win come before those things.
With Lebron he hasn't had enough time to answer clutch. I don't doubt his desire to win over other awards. And a lot of this is being bothered by how he went at these things for my own enjoyment. I wanted to see him go after Jordan. But I didn't want him to make a super-team to do it. Not that he is a jerk for doing it, but that it makes it less fun for me to watch. I do dislike him for how he handled that summer but I have forgiven Kobe for things in time.
I also don't like how Lebron is willing to sit back, well in the past especially. I want to see him turn into MJ on the big stage. To do what needs to be done himself. Really, he just isn't the showman in the playoffs like MJ was. Lebron did that against the Celtics, and that's what he needs to keep doing. In the end, that's the biggest legacy that MJ left IMO.
That's what Lebron is really fighting against. It's his ability to be as clutch as MJ(possible?) and show the same pure drive and will. That's a personality thing, but it's part of what MJ brought. Maybe it's not all fair to expect and demand, but if you are asking me to rate the two it is going to factor in. Him building that super-team doesn't help him accomplish those things the way I wanted him to. Again, maybe not fair, but I think that is part of the issue here. Another thing is hitting clutch shuts comes with opportunities. MJ had a ton of them.