Originally written on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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When Scottie said it, it was scoffed at and chalked up to jealousy. When Jim Boeheim said it, it was dismissed, simply a college coach speaking out of turn. When Charles Barkley said it, it was largely ignored, just Chuck being Chuck. Each statement made by these individuals simply suggesting that LeBron James may one day surpass Michael Jordan in terms of basketball success was recieved with complete rejection, denounced as basketball blasphemy.  There will never be another Michael is the common refrain, and many don’t want to see the recently-vilified James anywhere near that rarified air.  But then, Phil Jackson, the man of 11 NBA Championships as a head coach, and the mastermind behind Michael’s six championships, stated that LeBron has the tools to potentially be better than MJ one day.  What could people say?  This was Phil Jackson; the man knows a thing or two about talent, and has no reason to denounce his former prodigy in favor of a player he has never coached.  Phil sees...
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