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LeBron James: 5-Step blueprint plan to pass Michael Jordan
2011-2012 was the year of LeBron James. He seemingly did it all on the basketball floor and proved unquestionably right now that he is the best player in the world. After winning an NBA championship and another gold medal, he can now place on all his energy on finding a way to pass Michael Jordan.
With the whole world doubting whether LBJ can pass MJ including teammate Dwyane Wade, who recently stated, “I don’t know if (James) has the ability to surpass (Jordan) or not. But Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time, that’s who everyone shoots for. So it’s going to be hard to surpass that.” This is the type of statement that the self-proclaimed “King” can put in his locker to use as motivation to try and become the greatest basketball player of all time. Here is a small blueprint to pass MJ.
1. Beat Blake Griffin in Slam Dunk Competition
Michael Jordan’s slam dunk reputation was built by defeating Dominique Wilkins in 1988. Blake Griffin has already established himself as a better dunker than the ”Human Highlight”, so if Bron beats Griffin in a head to head contest, then he would immediately create a discussion, where many people would feel that he was capable of beating his airness in a slam dunk competition. It is important for LBJ to shift the public perception of some fans to his side.
2. Beat Kobe 1 on 1
After Kyrie Irving loses to “Black Mamba” next year in their one on one competition, LBJ needs to step up and say “I Got Next.” It is time for James to be a shark in the water, see that father time is slowly catching up with Bryant and beat him in a game of one on one. When, James defeats him, that would be quite an impressive addition to his resume because I certainly believe on a skill level, that “Black Mamba is equivalent to Jordan on skill level. LBJ needs to silence all the critics who have questioned his toughness and competitiveness by using his brute strength to defeat Bryant.
3. Speak Out Some Social Issue
One of the harshest criticisms about MJ was that in the opinion of many, he never used his forum as the best basketball player in the world, to create awareness or make a difference concerning any social issue because he was strictly concerned about furthering his brand and bottomline. LeBron has a golden opportunity to do more than simply set up meaningless 501 C-3 charities that become simple tax deductions at the end of the year, by seriously getting behind the social issue of his choice and making a difference in the world. He should strongly consider brainstorming with business advisor Maverick Carter to figure out a way to improve society.
4. Add Signature Move
MJ had the fadeaway jump shot, tongue hanging out, and so much more. Ray Allen has the perfect jump shot. While, James will be remembered forever for his help defense, receding hairline, and for running players down to block shots from behind, he needs needs to add some innovation on the offensive end of the floor. I think he is smart enough to do this at some point in time in the next few seasons.
5. Become A Better NBA Executive
Jordan is heading down the path of becoming arguably the worst NBA executive and owner in the history of professional sports. He has become the subject of many jokes around barber shops around the world. LBJ must learn from the old adage that “Pride comes before a fall,” humble himself just like “Magic Johnson” has done to ensure he has a successful post career as an NBA executive.
It certainly will not be easy for LeBron James to catch Michael Jordan to secure the title of greatest player of all time, but count me in the small minority of journalists who thinks LBJ when his career is all said and done may be able to present a strong case, if he follows this blueprint.