Originally Posted by NJChiefsFan
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.
Guess who won his first championship at a younger age than Michael Jordan (28)? LeBron James. It's almost like people forget that sometimes when they get into mythologizing MJ and denigrating LeBron's accomplishments. LeBron is actually ahead of where Jordan was at the same age (both statistically and with team success) and he isn't going to go off and suck at baseball for two years during his prime either in some kind of ego trip.
And that's another funny thing when people compare LeBron and Kobe right now. While Kobe's career is winding down (he says he'll retire after next year, I'm not sure I buy it), we haven't even reached the pinnacle of what LeBron will surely do in this game. It's just the beginning.