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LeBron James might be too big for even Michael Jordan’s shadow
OKLAHOMA CITY – Michael Jordan will be feted like royalty during NBA All-Star weekend in the buildup to his 50th birthday on Sunday, and rightfully so.
The legacy he’s left on the league is unmatched. For now, at least.
The way LeBron James is playing these days, he could be headed for a similar coronation on Dec. 30, 2034 – the day he turns 50.
“We will see,” James said after delivering another monstrous performance with 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to upstage Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 110-100 victory for the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
James owns a uniquely skilled all-around game that rates among the best in NBA history, alongside that of Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Larry Bird. What’s separating James from those legends, however, is the number of championships he’s won.
He’s less than a year removed from claiming his first. Jordan, Johnson, Russell and Bird each won at least three.
“People get caught up in that a lot, the titles,” James said.
“There are guys that have more titles than some of the greats. I don’t like throwing people out there, but you look at Jud Buechler. Three titles with the Bulls. Is he better than Charles Barkley? Bill Wennington. Is he better than Patrick Ewing? People get caught up into it a lot, but I understand it.