Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/16/12

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20: Former 49ers Roger Craig (L) and Joe Montana wait to go out onto the field for a half time presentation during home opener as the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park September 20, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Over roughly the last decade during the NBA Finals, every June has followed a similar pattern for basketball fans. The search for an entity comparable to Michael Jordan fills thoughts as if we’re trying to re-capture our childhood or another golden period of our otherwise mundane lives. Undoubtedly, the same thing at a crucial point in the Finals occurs whether it be LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, etc. Some random basketball television analyst will compare the plight of (insert random superstar name here) to that of Jordan. Forget about the fact that Jordan’s prime occurred in a vastly different era or the fact that he doesn’t have the most NBA titles as a player (that honor would go to former Celtic flagship Bill Russell, who owns 11 rings). Yet, MJ is a pop-culture deity and  the modern athletic standard-bearer of success – not just in the NBA, but in all of American sport. By now, we should get the narrative but just like the interminable chase for
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