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Gotera: Michael Jordan speaks the truth about LeBron

Gotera: Michael Jordan speaks the truth about LeBron

Credit: AP

by Daniel Gotera / 11 Sports

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 19 at 10:18 PM

Once again, Michael Jordan has shown us all his greatness.

You know, I am probably one of many that are very tired of hearing about LeBron James and his move to the Miami Heat to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Having said that, when the greatest basketball player EVER (in my opinion) puts in his two cents on "The Decision", then I am going to listen.

In an interview this past weekend at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Nevada, "His Airness" said the following about LeBron taking his talents to South Beach.

"There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team…But that’s ... things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

Thank you…very much.

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Michael Jordan did that six times. And really, we all strive to do that, no matter what the line of work we’re in.

Did #23 or #45 (for a couple of months) have help? Sure he did. Scottie Pippen, John Paxon, Horace Grant, BJ Armstrong, Dennis Rodman, Tony Kukoc…the list goes on and on. But that was Jordan’s team and no one questioned that. He was drafted in 1984…seven years later…he won his first championship. He went through tough times but there was no way that the competitor in him would just give up hope and join his "on the court" enemies just to get a ring.

And Michael isn’t alone in this thought process. Here is what Charles Barkley had to say about the FORMER "King of Cleveland"…

"He’ll never be Jordan. This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to. There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as the man. ... LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team."


But you know what, he’s right. Staying in Cleveland would have been good. But even if he had gone to Chicago, New York or New Jersey, he would have still been considered the man. NO ONE on any of those teams could match up with his skills. And honestly…if he wanted to win, he probably should have gone to Chicago, but that’s a whole other debate.

That is why the move so surprising. For a guy who obviously wants to be the center of attention, his actions didn’t show it.

No one will ever be Michael Jordan. What he did on the basketball floor was second to none.

What he is saying off of it, is pretty awesome too.