Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

When idols become rivals: Celtics Jayson Tatum to play against LeBron James

When idols become rivals: Celtics Jayson Tatum to play against LeBron James

"LeBron sees that and is like "hmm, championship team". After all, he is breaking many records and his numbers are just flat-out wonderful. His burden to be anything more than the kid from nearby Akron who grew to be the greatest player of his time was relieved. Lebron, this generation's Michael Jordan, he did a heck of job in this past series.

Fans are starting to get more convinced that LeBron is the greatest player of all-time. He finished the series averaging 34.0 points, 11.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game on 55.3 percent shooting from the field, numbers Toronto's All-Star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry weren't able to match together. This playoff run of his feels less about trying to will a championship and more about being as great as he can for one last time in Cleveland. The Lebron James Family Foundation partners with local schools and most recently the University of Akron to better change the lives of youth through educational programs.

And while we wait to see how this how this thing plays out and who will square off in the Dinals, let's take a look at who are the highest paid players left in the postseason. Jordan also has an undefeated record of 6-0 in the NBA Finals while LeBron's record in the NBA Finals is 3-5. The Cavs made short work of the Raptors, sweeping them in a fashion no one predicted. After overhauling their roster at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Cavaliers were ostensibly the most vulnerable they had been since James' return to the franchise in the summer of 2014 after four seasons and two titles with the Miami Heat.

"I think he (James) is approaching the best of my lifetime".

Can you imagine if Jordan had played the way the National Basketball Association is today, with a bunch of 6-foot-6 guys at center, can you imagine that? Regardless of what our opinions are, these two are tremendous talents and when it comes to comparing, their careers should be all wrapped up before we start. Jordan had to go finish at the rim over the best group of bigs that have ever played our game, in his era: Patrick Ewing, Hakeem [Olajuwon], Dikembe [Mutombo] - he had to go finish at the rim over all those guys. It's a subjective debate, one that even the most convincing quantitative data and qualitative premises won't definitively settle.

And the fact that LeBron is dominating so thoroughly at this point of his career has to be discouraging for opponents.

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