Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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In a recent interview by Sports Radio Interview, former NBA coach Phil Jackson was asked his opinion on various basketball-related topics.  One question that was asked was regarding if Miami Heat small forward LeBron James could eventually surpass Michael Jordan.  Phil Jackson answered by saying,


He’s got all the physical attributes.  I think we all question the prepping that went into LeBron.  His defense was shaky when he was a younger player and finding his way through that direction.  He is a player that can play four positions. Except for perhaps the center spot, which he hasn’t given a shot at yet, he can play those other four positions quite well.  This is unique; Michael could play three and was very good at all three of those, but as a power player that LeBron can become, I think he has an opportunity to explore and advance some of the status that he has already gained.  Winning six championships is an elusive thing out there and they haven’t won two yet.  But he’s kinda got the smell of it and even the Olympic experience this summer, he was the granted leader of that team and was the critical player when they needed something to happen in the final games.  I think he’s there, I think he’s at that position. He’s got good things ahead of him and a lot of it depends upon if he’s gonna be healthy for the remainder of his career.


Is the Zen Master saying these things to mess with LeBron?  Although Phil is not coaching anymore, I am certain his loyalty is between two of his biggest stars in Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers.  Without a doubt, LeBron has the physical attributes to do anything.  On the other hand, no way LeBron could possibly be better than Jordan.  The things Jordan did in an era where basketball was much more physical and a style that was more in your face, this comparison does not have much value.

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