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LeBron James
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

From the world of you can truly manipulate numbers to say anything you want them to, LeBron James now rates as the world’s most popular male athlete, toppling six-time NBA champion and hoops deity Michael Jordan after a 13-year run of dominance.

In a miniscule reflection of just over 2,000 voters, the Harris Poll supposedly gauged the most inner-most feelings of the masses and concluded that King James now holds their hearts, the gaping substance over style advantage Jordan still clearly holds over him be damned.

Ah, the irony. As recently as 2011, James’ “Decision” to abandon his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade in Miami dropped him out of the Top 10 among the world’s most popular athletes, yet we’re now to believe “Decision 2” is enough to instantly elevate him to heights he has never reached before.

The survey revealed James was most popular among the youthful demographic of 18 to 36 year-olds, and to that I opine youth is indeed wasted among the young. Check the tape, view the footage, learn your history.

James will never be Jordan and the former’s six to two advantage over the latter in NBA titles doesn’t tell the half of it. The distinction Jordan merited he earned through competitiveness and loyalty, sticking with the Bulls for six long and laborious seasons before his teammates grew to the point of being able to bring the franchise a chip.

Meanwhile, James approach has been infamously different, at least up until this month when he suddenly, only two NBA titles in, realized he was a native of Cleveland and his hometown was in a depressed economic state.

But the Harris poll will now have you believe The King, nonetheless, sits at the head of the throne, the true vibe of most the commoners be damned.

 

  • Speedy3dale

    MJ will always be the greatest ever no matter what!!!!! LJ has no loyoilty and was only thinking of himself when he left Clevland! Why would they even take him back after all that was said and done when he left!! Its BS I will never consider him on MJs level!! In fact I dont even consider him in the top 10 greatest!! Bill Rusell, Wilt, Kareem, MJ, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Shakile O’niel, Isaiah Thomas, akeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller! I mean the list goes on and on before I put LJ in there!!

  • mleddell

    EDITED/UPDATED RE-POST: I agree.  LJ more likable than MJ???…..these polls are marred and
    more geared towards amping up a desired result for the sake of money
    business.  In the alphabet of sports, “M” DOES come before “L”.  He’ll
    never reach that level simply because MJ built Da’ Bulls- literally and
    hands down.  He stayed through the thick and the thin and has
    6…count’em, 6 championships with 2 back-to-back-to-back triple crown
    seasons!!!  MJ transcends ALL sports!  He’s the barometer by which other
    greats had been gauged! (Pick any sport: commentators of every sport
    competition of ANY kind, has referred to its greatest as “the Michael
    Jordan of (said sport).”  He’s what by which greatness is measured. 
    When someone ,doing ANYTHING, is referred to as “the Michael Jordan
    of…”, hands down you automatically know that person is just THAT
    good.  That’s because, at this point in time, the overwhelming masses
    either heard stories of, saw whole video or highlight clips of, read
    about, or saw first hand MJ’s greatness in action.  Most of the things
    Jordan has done sounds like mythological lore…that’s until you Google
    or Bing it and see that those things actually happened!  Don’t get me
    wrong, LJ is good heading towards greatness; but he NEVER will be THE
    great-test in any sport.  Had he toughed it out in Cleveland
    initially?…maybe (even then that’d still be a long shot!).  The only
    player that came close to MJ is none other than Kobe.  And I’ll say this
    again: THE ONLY PLAYER THAT CAME EVEN CLOSE TO MIRRORING MICHAEL “AIR”JORDAN IS KOBE “JELLYBEAN” BRYANT!!!! 
    Hands down….without question.  It’ll be near impossible to gain MJ’s
    mythological status.  Back in the day, teams didn’t have the amount of
    money to spend in making a championship caliber teams…1.  Allstars
    didn’t come together to win…the grew together to win and became great
    Allstars in the process…2.  Then there’s the loyalty factor…3. 
    Winning numerous championship rings doesn’t make an athlete great. 
    Championships doesn’t make an athlete great, GREATS WIN AND MAKE
    CHAMPIONSHIPS! (Don’t get me wrong, there’s been greats to the greatest
    to retire without rings i.e. KARL MALONE….the greatest, unstoppable
    power forward of my time/generation, to retire without the ring.)
    Again,
    Lebron did the right thing going back in making amends.  I’m officially
    a LJ fan, now, because of it.  I hope he wears #23, again.  And as far
    as I’m concerned, Lebron’s greatness…his greatest legacy will be based
    on what he did/does during his time in Cleveland. Now, I do plan on
    making conscious efforts in catching every LJ televised game, but this
    time not to see him lose; but rooting for and EXPECTING him to
    win…just like I did with MJ.
    Sincirely,
    M.L.J.

  • WayneDean

    LeBron cant spell Michael Jordan

  • JanetVernell

    Jordan is called air Jordan for a reason…after watching LJ up close and personal there are times he isn’t floating like a butterfly but looks labored & tired. He is believing his own publicity and has to learn it takes a TEAM. MJ has my vote.