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I hate the Michael Jordan vs Lebron James debate

By Lamont Mann

Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Twitter: @sportsmedialm

As I was sitting in Saturday graduation traffic, a national sport show discussed Michael Jordan vs LeBron James.  About ten minutes into the discussion, I realized, I hate the topic now.  I viciously turned off the radio.

Jordan vs James is one of the most mundane debates in sports.  What really gets me is this belief that James does not receive his respect.  What logical thinking person does not believe LeBron James is one of the greatest players?  It’s lunacy.

I no longer care for the Jordan v James debate for the following reasons:

  • Most of the points are the same from debate to debate. Rarely does someone brings something new to debate unless they have dredged up a new statistic. I am developing an unhealthy hatred for Stat Guy.  Stat Guy will bring some obscure stat to a debate and on the strength of his dumb ass stat, he will debate you.
  • Jordan and James played in two different eras. It’s not exactly apples to apples; the game has changed along with some rules.  It’s almost tolerable when someone who followed Jordan’s career tries to cross compare, but I refuse to entertain some young person telling me about Jordan.  Just because you can Google stats or query YouTube clips does not mean you are versed in Jordan’s career.
  • Neither guy is from Houston therefore I really do not care
  • Lastly, it does not matter and everyone will never agree.

The topic has run its course and it’s beginning to sound like a “filler” topic on radio and TV.  When news is crawling, insert Lebron James vs Michael Jordan viola, we have a show.  Miss me with that.


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