Jim Boeheim knows basketball. Certainly more than you and I, that’s probably no secret.
So that’s why when he took to the airways of ESPN radio on Colin Cowherd’s show and said what he indeed said, people started to listen. Boeheim said the following on LeBron James:
“He’s a leader. He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five (positions) … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen … I didn’t think it was close … and I’m not so sure anymore … this guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better … I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”
So he didn’t flat out say James is better than Jordan, but certainly indicated that it’s possible that at the end of LeBron’s career he may be more regarded than Michael. He’ll probably never get the rings that Michael had, but statistically, and in terms of dominance on the court James will be close, if not above MJ.
Boeheim went on to talk about how James has changed since coming onto Team USA in 2005:
“Ten times better player. Some of it is maturity. He’s a leader; he was a kid when we first got him. … He’s a 6-9, 260-pound point guard-forward-center. He guarded the post guys. They always say a guy can guard five positions, I’ve never seen that. I’ve heard about it. This guy can guard five guys. He can guard your center, he can guard your small forward, big forward, point guard, two guard. You put him on anybody and he can guard them.”
James had his best all-around season in 2011/2012, finally exorcising the championship demon, while simply looking unstoppable at times.
So who would you want in one game: 1992 Michael Jordan or 2012 LeBron James.
1992 Michael Jordan – 30.1 pts, 6.4 reb, 6.1 ast, 27.7 PER, NBA Champion, Regular Season MVP, Finals MVP, NBA Scoring Leader (6th straight year), 1st team all-NBA, 1st team all-defensive, Olympic Gold Medalist
2012 LeBron James – 27.1 pts, 7.9 reb, 6.2 ast, 30.7 PER, NBA Champion, Regular Season MVP, Finals MVP, 1st team all-NBA, 1st team all-defensive, Olympic Gold Medalist
Advance stats show that James was the more efficient player but we know Jordan’s will to win may give him the advantage.
Honestly, what I saw from James this year was unlike anything I’ve seen on a basketball court, and I’ve sat and watched Jordan’s games. It’s not at all to say Michael isn’t the best of all time, and his season is less amazing than James’ 2012 season. Both are simply incredible athletes, but for me, in one game, I want LeBron.