Before you decide Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan – either the No. 45 version or the one who wore 23 – there are things you should consider. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD
Before you decide Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan – either the No. 45 version or the one who wore 23 – there are things you should consider. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD

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Think LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan was? Consider this first.

By Tom Sorensen

Correspondent

May 24, 2017 9:31 AM

About LeBron James: Is he as good as Michael Jordan in Jordan’s prime? There are things LeBron does better than Jordan, foremost among them pass and rebound.

I’m a LeBron fan. He’s great for the sport. The man makes passes many competitors don’t see. But before you decide he’s better than Jordan, look at some of the Jordan’s tapes. Michael’s quickness is off the charts, as is the intensity with which he plays defense. Some people want to win. Jordan has to.

That’s why I’d love to sit down with him and ask about the team he owns and their lack of playoff success. How does he deal with it? And how does he propose to change it?

This NBA draft is so important. When the Hornets draft (at No. 11) I like Harry Giles of Duke. I believe I’ve gently mentioned this a time or eight. This presupposes Giles is still there when the Hornets pick. The draft is talented and deep and the Hornets have to get it right.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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