Thursday, January 31, 2008

His Highness Versus His Airness

Mike King at the Sporting News checks in on Jordan vs. LeBron through the first 355.

The versatility of both opponents is examined, as well as the impressive defensive dominance by Jordan, at least statistically. The blocks differential made me blink five teams, reload, and recheck. Don't get us wrong. We think comparisons to Jordan are useless and ridiculous most of the time, a way for Skip Bayless to fill up time on whatever he's screaming about. But we thought this one was a nice, brief breakdown.

One thing that's interesting to note is the switch handed layup LeBron has developed. We've seen it at times this season, but in the last two games he's brought it to a whole new level. It's unstoppable. Whereas Jordan did it to show off or to gracefully rise above his competition, for LeBron it just adds another dangerous component to his size and strength barreling through the lane. It's like putting gigantic samurai swords on a mack truck.

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