HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We’re a few days away from the return of NBA TV’s Oct. 9 debut of “Open Court,” but the controversy is already bubbling over courtesy of TNT’s Charles Barkley.
The Hall of Famer said he believes LeBron James has a chance to surpass Michael Jordan one day, the league’s current MVP topping the man universally recognized as being the greatest player in NBA history:
“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.”
If you do the math, there’s more than just a size, heft and speed disparity between the two. Jordan won six NBA titles, was The Finals MVP each time. James is months removed from his first title and Finals MVP. They are the only players to win the NBA title, regular-season MVP, The Finals MVP and Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Barkley believes James belongs in the discussion with Jordan and the other player mentioned most often in comparisons with Jordan:
“Unfortunately for LeBron, now that the monkey is off his back, he is going to be compared to two people: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan,” O’Neal said. “So now the question is how many championships can he get? We all know he is a competitor.”
Tune into NBA TV Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET for the debut episode of “Open Court.”