Call LeBron’s Number Switch What You Will, But Don’t Dis No. 23

March 5th, 2010 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »

I can live with someone accusing LeBron James of attempting to boost jersey sales. I can live with someone expressing disappointment with LeBron for not keeping the number that’s become so integrated into his personality and flair.

I cannot live with someone equating either Julius Erving or Bill Russell to Michael Jordan.

Get real.

Russell’s 11 championships came from a league offering eight total teams. Yes, Russell was a great player, and he deserves his due respect—but no, he is not in the iconic category of Michael Jordan.

First, Jordan dominated in a league much greater in team quantity and talent than the one Russell picked clean.

Second, when placed into its proper context, 11 championships against seven opponents doesn’t equate to the highest scoring average in NBA history (particularly considerin ...

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