And so it will begin again, the never-ending debate on whether LeBron James can ultimately surpass Michael Jordan. First it was Scottie Pippen who said it, now another Dream Teamer, Charles Barkley, says he also believes that the Miami forward could one day become greater than Mike. Charles was making the comments on the first episode of NBA TV’s “Open Court,” to debut Tuesday at 11 p.m.
I do think he can be better than Michael,” Barkley said. “I thought I would never compare somebody to Michael Jordan. But this guy, LeBron James, he does everything well. Michael did everything well. LeBron James is just bigger, stronger, faster. That’s the only difference.”
The emphasis here is “can be better”, with Jordan’s career only becoming more mythical each year following his retirement, the legend will be hard to catch. But as Shaquille O’Neal says, “the monkey is off his [LeBron's] back” and he could go on a ‘Jordan-esque’ run himself.