NBA: True Lies, the Media, and “the Next Jordan”

May 15th, 2010 by Michael Leave a reply »
"The Next Jordan." It's the moniker given to the then up and coming youngster who has captivated the sports media and appears to have the skills, athleticism and charisma to be great at the next level. We've all heard it before, some of you have bought into it, some of you haven't paid it any attention and some of you have shunned the idea of there being another Michael Jordan. There are even those who don't recognize Michael Jordan as the greatest player to ever play the game. The notion that there will or has been another Jordan is just ludicrous, but the media continues to use this to hype players before they've done anything worth the hype. Grant Hill faced this when he entered the NBA, Kobe had deal with it and throughout LeBron James' career he has constantly been compared to Jordan. Since Grant Hill in the 94-95 season, Kobe in the 96-97 season and Lebron since his rookie season of 03-04, the media is batting .000% on their lofty predictions. I think it's time that they give up on bestowing the up and comers. This is not an article bashing any of those being compared to Jordan nor will I allow my biases to dilute this article either. While I'm not the biggest Kobe ...

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