It’s NBA Finals time. LeBron James is competing, and that can only mean one thing: comparisons to Michael Jordan.
In an era that has seen LeBron rise as the cream of the crop of NBA talent, it is only natural that the four-time MVP draws comparisons to the man widely recognized as the greatest basketball player to ever live.
With social media giving fans the opportunity to project their opinions more than ever before, the scrutiny and intensity of those comparisons are only bound to go and, at times, become unfair.
But while the criticism that James receives has sometimes been over the top, there is no denying that he comes up short in living up to his legacy as the “chosen one” in ways that are just too glaring to ignore.
The moments of madness make it hard to avoid those famous five words: “Jordan wouldn’t have done that.” Here are 20 of the most memorable times we’ve had to say that the most.
1. Join His Biggest Competition To Win A Championship
2. And Celebrate It As If It Were The Actual Championship
3. Then Make Promises That He Can’t Keep
4. Only To Disappear When It Was Time To Deliver
5. It Was Bad Enough That He Used To Defer To D-Wade All The Time
6. But To Need Him During Every Difficult Press Conference Was A Bit Much
7. Flop All Over The Place
8. Be So Immature That Team USA Thought About Dropping Him
From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski circa 2010:
For as gifted as James was, Krzyzewski and Colangelo subscribed to a belief that with Kobe Bryant joining the national team in 2007, they could win a gold medal in ’08 with or without LeBron James. Behind the scenes, officials had taken to calling James’ inner circle, ‘The Enablers.’
No one ever told him to grow up. No one ever challenged him. And yet, James was still a powerful pull for his teammates, and everyone had to agree they could no longer let his bossy and belittling act go unchecked. These weren’t the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Team USA wasn’t beholden to him.
9. Avoid The Slam Dunk Contest For Five Years When He’s Clearly The Best Dunker
10. Then Say He’d Enter The Dunk Contest
11. And Still Not Do It Anyway
12. Only To Tease Fans With Pre-Game Dunk Shows
13. “Don’t Worry Guys, I’ll Still Post Videos Of My Practice Dunks”
14. Get Embarrassed In An All-Star Game By His Greatest Rival
15. Get Trolled By Fans In His Home City
Those are Cleveland Indians fans, after Lebron decided to wear a Yankees hat during the 2007 ALDS series against New York.
16. Defend His Poor Performance In the 4th Quarter By Praising His Own Defense
17. Make Light Of The Fact That He Got Swept In The Postseason
18. Score Just Eight Points In An NBA Finals Game
19. Or Seven Points In A Conference Final Game
20. Which Sucked So Bad That His Son Clowned Him
Bonus: Guess That Explains This
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