Hear what one former NBA player told Scoop B Radio about LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan’s legacy. Press Play Below To Listen!
A month ago today, LeBron James committed to the Los Angeles Lakers in summer NBA free agency.
Since’s James’ LA shift, James is living his best life! Vacation, coaching and dunking during his son’s basketball game and notably opened his I Promise School a school in his hometown Akron, Ohio.
Over the years, everybody’s hot take has examimed Michael Jordan and LeBron James’ legacy. While James’ story is still being written, here are concrete facts: MJ has six championships and LeBron has three championships.
How many schools does MJ have though? I’ll wait.
While the number of MJ’s championships has been a measuring stick for the Akron hammer’s success, one former NBA player predicts that James’ switching of teams to win his rings vs. Jordan’s winning all of his rings with the Chicago Bulls will ultimately haunt James in the court of public opinion.
“Mike did all his championships on one team and guys wanted to play for him,” John Starks told me on Scoop B Radio.
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“Scottie and Horace, he kind of raised those guys. Later on when he got back, other guys like [Dennis] Rodman and [Ron] Harper joined the team.”
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John Starks knows a thing or two about those 90s Bulls teams. His Knicks and Bulls often dueled with MJ and the Chicago Bulls. He also dunked on Horace Grant and Michael Jordan in the NBA Playoffs.
“But he didn’t move around, didn’t want to move around,” Starks said of Michael Jordan.
“He wanted to play against the best. He felt like he didn’t need to go chase players or join this team to beat the best because he felt like he was the best, and I think that’s the difference. I think that’s probably going to hurt LeBron when you look at it in that perspective against Michael, Bird, and Magic, those guys stayed with one team. And they won with that team.”
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson is the host of the Scoop B Radio Podcast. A senior writer at Basketball Society, he’s had stops as a staff writer at The Source Magazine, as a columnist and podcast host at CBS and as an editor at RESPECT. Magazine. In his downtime, he enjoys traveling, swimming and finding new sushi restaurants.