Did you catch the ‘Last Dance’ documentary on ESPN? It was 10 hours of programming over five weeks and it chronicled the Chicago Bulls final championship season in 1997-1998.
This was a great piece of programming and not just because we are starved for live sports right now. It reminded those of us old enough to remember just how incredible Michael Jordan was on the basketball court and his competitiveness. It also showed some of his character flaws like constantly berating (and even punching) his teammates.
There is some legitimate criticism in that Jordan’s own production company was involved in the making, so it’s fair to question some of its authenticity.
One of the issues that came up during the Last Dance and after is “who is the greatest basketball player of all time”? Most people believe that it’s Jordan but LeBron James has been picking up stream the last couple of years, at least among the younger generation. James has been to nine NBA Finals but only won three, several times having the inferior squad. Jordan was a perfect 6-for-6 in the Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers +200 to win the NBA Championship
The NBA Future Odds are currently not up at Winning Poker Network Sportsbooks, but will be when play resumes this season as expected. However, a different sportsbook has the Lakers as the +200 favorite, followed by the Milwaukee Bucks (+250) and Los Angeles Clippers (+300). Those three teams are in the upper tier by themselves with the next squad more than +1000.
James winning his fourth title (with his third different team) would go a long way in putting him in the same breath as Jordan. It still wouldn’t get him there yet in my opinion, but it makes the debate a lot more interesting!