LeBron makes perfect sense, too bad it doesn’t matter. Everyone knows Lebron is great, but to be mentioned in the same breath with Jordan, Russell, Magic, Kobe, Bird, Wilt and etc of the world, he needs multiple rings. One ring just won’t do it.
Speaking with reporters during Friday’s All-Star media day, James said he doesn’t believe championships should always be the key factor in deciding comparative greatness.
“(Jordan) said he would take Kobe over me because … five rings are better than one, and the last time he checked, five is better than one,” James said. “At the end of the day, rings don’t always define someone’s career. If that’s the case, then I’d sit up here and say I would take (Bill) Russell over Jordan. But I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t take Russell over Jordan. Russell has 11 rings, Jordan has six. I wouldn’t do that.”
James won his first championship with the Heat last season while Bryant has won five with the Los Angeles Lakers. Friday’s response from James came after Jordan initially said during an interview with NBA TV that he’d have a tough time deciding between Bryant and James.
“Five beats one every time I look at it,” Jordan told the league network of how he ultimately broke down the James-Bryant debate. “And not that (James) won’t get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.”