Why It’s Not Too Early To Call LeBron James One of the Greatest Players Ever

May 9th, 2010 by Mark Hauser Leave a reply »
I suppose I could start this article with why LeBron James is such a great basketball player, however, that is not the point of this article. Rather the point of this article is this: That while 99 percent of the time it is “premature” to compare a young athlete who still may have much of his career ahead of him to the all-time greats, it is okay in rare circumstances to do so with truly exceptional athletes.

In fact, I would argue that it would be silly and illogical not to start the comparisons once they demonstrate that they are playing at a level above everyone else that is currently playing and above almost everyone (say, all but a couple) in the history of the sport.

Now, if you think that LeBron (or any other great young athlete) is not playing at a high enough level to warrant the exception that I articulated above, fine, then YOU don't have to participate in the discussions.

But, please don't tell those of US that see LeBron that way that is too early for us to have these discussions because his level of play right now makes it ripe.


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