Last night LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth all time on the all time scoring list. LeBron sat on the bench, with his head in his towel, taking in what he had just done. There have been over 3,000 players who have come and gone in the Association in the last 50 years, so to be number four on any list is pretty impressive, so while many clap and applaud such a feat, I am here to put an end to it pretty quickly.
What LBJ has done since he entered the league has been nothing short of spectacular. We all know thew accolades on the floor, but I have always admired what he has been able to achieve off the floor. Starting the I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, his hometown, starting the #morethananathlete hashtag, starring in movies, and raising a family.
However……one could say this has been his worst season yet. Sure, he is averaging 27.1 points per game, and is averaging more rebounds and assists this year than his career average, but look at the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers. This Lakers team was in fourth place in the Western Conference on Christmas day after defeating the Warriors, and today on March 7th, the Lakers find themselves in 11th place, and 6 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot. Sure LeBron got injured during that Christmas showdown and missed sometime, but his play recently has been not so LeBron like. The lack of hustle and effort has been evident. Not playing defense, or better yet forcing teammates to push himself into the correct spot, allowing an inbounds pass to roll out of bounds, or better yet, inbounding the ball off the back of the back board.
A part of me wanted LeBron to be the greatest of all time. I could tell my grandkids, I witnessed the greatest basketball player of all time. But if this act continues, I won’t be able to say that. For all those that argue between MJ and LeBron, right now that argument is not necessary. Jordan has six rings, in 7 years. LeBron is one finals loss short of tying Jordan for wins. It took MJ 110 less games to score as many points as LeBron, and lets not forget, MJ played three seasons at North Carolina.
To wrap this up, I am losing my respect/fandom for LeBron due to his recent play. It is not good basketball, not MVP basketball. LeBron might be losing some fans because of it.