If you think the LeBron vs MJ debate is wearing you out now, wait until James retires. Because not only will we have a full body of work and some completed resumes to choose from, we’ll also have the next chamber of the discussion to wade into.
James, who has a chance to go down as the first active billionaire athlete to play professional sports due to his numerous business ventures off the court, has made it known for a while now that one of his goals is NBA ownership.
And why not? He’s admitted that the ghost he’s chasing is that bald guy who once invited people tocome fly with himwhile he figuratively owned the league as a player with the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s.
James is not shy about his desire to be like Mike, and that’s not solely limited to his on-court exploits
In a recent interview with Ken Berger of The Athletic during the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, he re-emphasized his desire to become a majority owner in the NBA, just like Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Why do I want to own team? I think it’ll be cool,” he said. “I’ll stay part of the game and still be able to put people in positions of power. I’ve always loved that, putting people in a position of power to feel like they can make a change and make things happen.”
Love him or hate, you still have to admit that he’s The Gold Standard when it comes to the modern day athlete, from an accomplishment perspective within the competitive realm, and all the way through utilizing his platform, fame and resources build a business portfolio while still playing that no other athlete has been able to come close to.
So if you’re tiring of this LeBron vs MJ discussion, I’ve got some bad news for you. It’s really just getting started.
And when that happens, please check on your Jordan worshiping fans. Because it won’t be hard to top one of MJ’s other remarkable records: that .106 winning percentage of the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats, the absolute worst in league history.