I get that it makes for good bar discussions and it’s basically harmless and well intentioned but so much of me wants to say “enough is enough” and it’s folly – and impossible – to make any legitimate comparison between players who played in and dominated different eras.
Yes, Jordan’s six winning trips to the NBA final is an amazing accomplishment, almost as amazing as Bill Russell’s nine championships in 11 years and probably more impressive than LeBron’s five straight years in the final.
But it truly is apples and oranges, in my opinion, and to see what James is doing now should be seen as something special and not something to be held against what someone else did back when the game was different, the opposition was different, when so much else was different than it is now.
What we are seeing from James through the first three games of the NBA final is astonishing, he has carte blanche to do what he wants how he wants and when he wants; the totality of his skills is on display and it’s wonderful to watch.
Just as it was wonderful to watch Jordan in a different era, just as it was wonderful to watch Magic and Larry back in the day, just as it was wonderful to watch Russell and, I’m sure, Oscar.
I think we should appreciate what’s in front of us, enjoy the moment and the excellence we are seeing without worrying too much about historical context.
Is he as good as Jordan?
I’ve said this so often in other contexts that it’s probably getting old to a lot of you but it’s something I truly believe.
Appreciate what we have.
What? Did you all decide to take the mail day off yesterday? Need something to keep me occupied on a long flight tomorrow morning – and heaven knows what’s in store for us – and got like two questions.
It’s email@example.com and I could use the help.
(Yeah, I know. I’m watching a lot of soccer of late and quite liking it; a late afternoon puttering on work after I’d filed the Dellavedova tome included getting the Flannery’s TV turned to the game and it was quite relaxing)
It’s probably not optimum for the league sides – and in soccer it’s unique because North America runs its league at precisely the worst time of year for national team obligations – but it does lend an aura of importance to friendlies and other qualifiers that no other sport has.
Kind of fun, no?
Speaking of, I checked the other night and the monitors in our seats at the games in Cleveland do not have cable TV capability so some of you who stop by the IGBT are going to have to keep me up to date on Canada-New Zealand, okay?