After securing two consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards, LeBron James is finally drawing Michael Jordan comparisons that are actually favorable. In theory, time is on James’ side as he’s a year younger than Jordan was when his Bulls steamrolled the Portland Trail Blazers for a second title. After all, if Jordan was able to stay productive into his mid-30s, then LeBron should be similarly blessed. It would seem that James is on pace to match or eclipse MJ’s absurdly high level of play in these upcoming years, with no baseball break to slow him down. The battle is on.
But this isn’t exactly a fair generational fight. Unlike MJ, LeBron isn’t getting a gigantic, league-sanctioned gift.
At the start of the 1994-95 season, in response to fears of a scoring decline, the NBA went from a 3-point line that extended 23 feet, 9 inches, to one that was 22 feet all the way around. The famous “It’s gotta be the shoes!” slogan didn’t actually explain Jordan’s basketball genius, but a couple of feet really did help his production. Read full article from ESPN written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss CLICK HERE…..
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