Just a couple of days after his final State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama did a little Twitter Q&A. Understandably, most of the questions he engaged on were about gun violence, the Affordable Care Act, and other things that are important. But then came the hoops question: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James.
Obama is from Chicago, what did you expect him to say?
And who wouldn’t choose Jordan.
In a recent PBT Podcast author Roland Lazenby and I discussed and compared Kobe and Jordan (he has written books on both men and has another Kobe book coming out in August). Kobe has wrung everything out of his body that he could get, even Phil Jackson said he had a better work ethic than Jordan. But Jordan had more gifts and turned those into an unmatched career.
LeBron has more gifts than either of them physically, and his story is still being written (a couple of Cleveland titles tilts the narrative), but he has not had the same success on the biggest of stages as those two guys. Fair or not.