MAHONE: Jordan or James? Let’s not debate

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

There is no getting around it when it comes to sports.

We love to debate on what is the best play, player or team of all-time.

It is just a part of our love for sports that we like to rank the stars and teams. From high schools to college and mostly with the pro sports, we come up with all-time lists of the greatest play, player and teams.

The NBA championship trophy has barely found a home in the Miami Heat trophy case after Thursday’s Game 7 win over San Antonio and the list are starting to pop up.

Lebron or Michael?

Who’s the best?

Nevermind that LeBron James is still in the prime of his career. He still has a few more years to play.

To me, it’s still too early to rank his overall position in the all-time great debate. Yes, he most definitely deserves a mention for what he has done in his career, which started in 2003 as the first pick in the NBA draft.

King James or Air Jordan?

Is it too soon to start, or continue the debate?

Some in the media don’t think so when you consider USA Today asked its readers if James would catch Jordan when it came to titles and MVP awards.

The national newspaper pointed out that at age 28, James has earned two NBA titles, and has four MVP titles and two Finals MVP awards.

In comparison, Jordan had two MVP awards and one title and a Finals MVP award at the same age.

But remember that James bypassed college to enter the NBA while Jordan had two years of schooling at powerhouse North Carolina, which featured an NCAA title.

So, who is the best?

Too soon for that argument.

But if you still want to debate, consider that they play two different styles of basketball with a different skill set. Also, Jordan had better teammates when you consider his running mate Scottie Pippen is a Hall of Famer.

Nothing against Dwyane Wade, but give me Pippen any day of the week.

Bulls management always assembled a good supporting cast for Jordan and Pippen on their way to net the Chicago Bulls six titles.

The Bulls also had Phil Jackson pacing the sidelines.

This is by no means to suggest that Jordan is the product of better teammates and coaching staff, because it would be ridiculous not to give His Airness the proper respect he deserves.

At this point, let’s continue to enjoy, or if you are a Cleveland fan, hate on James. He still has a few more years to play in the NBA and presumably titles to win.

After he hangs it up, then let’s tally up the accomplishments and start the debate.

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com @DerrickMahone_.