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Ah, the Michael Jordan versus [insert modern star here] debate. As much as many (most?) people might like to see it retired, or at least diminished, it's not going away anytime soon.
Case-in-point: Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers players fresh off watching LeBron James' gutsy performance in a Game 3 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks, brought up MJ in the context of their four-time-MVP, two-time-champion teammate.
Perkins, as told to Northeast Ohio Media Group: "The only thing that he's missing is a couple more championships, and then it's a wrap. Right now, we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I'm just saying, man. I'm not taking anything away from Jordan, but all [James is] missing is titles. A couple of more titles, and that's it."
And Smith, as told to the same publication: "That's one hell of a debate. Honestly, in my opinion, if it's not Jordan, then it's him. It used to be no question. It was a landslide. It was Jordan. Now, you have to consider my boy."
Smith's comments are more measured; if you don't consider James one of the greatest players of all time, you're just a hater.
But Perkins? He's kind of, sort of saying LeBron is better ... if only he had Jordan's six rings.
Some might channel Jason Segel and respond that six rings is THE ONLY ARGUMENT I NEED, KENDRICK!
We prefer a more nuanced view, though nearly every unit of measurement favors MJ as No. 1.
Still, there's time left in LeBron's career, so you never know ...
A sport's "unwritten rules" are generally unwritten for a reason, but for some players, they are of paramount importance. Kendrick Perkins hasn't been having the best season, but he was able to eject Bulls center Joakim Noah from the Thunder's locker room when Noah tried to visit Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha had visited the Bulls' locker room without incident after the Thunder's 107-95 win, but when Noah returned with him to the Thunder's den, Perkins took offense, saying, "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah wisely made his exit, but the two exchanged words again outside the locker room. Fortunately, nothing else transpired, otherwise this would just be sad. Right now, it's sad and hilarious.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
The list of teams that have come back to win their series after going down 3-1 in the NBA finals is short. Actually, it's nonexistent. That's probably not what the Thunder want to be thinking about after losing Game 4, especially considering the awkward fashion in which they fumbled the game away. Russell Westbrook had a costly and bizarre foul after an otherwise stellar performance, James Harden was a non-factor, and Kevin Durant started looking an awful lot like a guy who can only score. There's a first time for everything, but history is against the Thunder as they gear up for Game 5.
Russell Westbrook was unstoppable for most of the game, but seemed to think that the shot-clock had reset when he fouled Mario Chalmers with only seconds remaining.
Harden a factor?
James Harden was supposed to be the Thunder's secret weapon in these playoffs, but last night, he managed a mere eight points in 37 minutes.
LeBron James seemed to be hurting after a hard fall late in the fourth quarter, but the Heat may have just been careful with their superstar.
Thunder fans will no doubt not be happy if their team loses, especially in this fashion, but we know another fanbase that does not want to see LeBron James win a title.
Conventional wisdom tells us a good game for an official is one in which we don't notice him. So what about when an official becomes the center of a national debate?
NBA referee Eddie Rush's iffy technical on Kendrick Perkins, setting the Celtics big man up for a possible suspension unless one of his two technicals from Game 5 is rescinded, and MLB umpire Joe West's quick hook for Mark Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen put officials squarely in the spotlight Wednesday.
Ozzie Guillen made no secret (shocker) of his displeasure with West, and the ump who famously ripped the Red Sox and Yankees is no stranger to the spotlight. And in Orlando, even Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson couldn't believe the technical that puts Perkins' availability for Game 6 in jeopardy. So who made the worse call?
Joe West is one of baseball's biggest embarrassments. He loves to draw attention to himself any way he can, and that's exactly what he did in this game. He probably really believes that people come to the games to see him.” -- BreezlyBruin921
I love the NBA, but at this point I'm getting "referee fatigue." I had hoped that when the league went to three referees they would be able to keep up with the game. I don't know, maybe they see more which only makes the completely arbitrary nature of their calls even harder to bear. It seems as if they make it up as they go along. On the other hand I can count on one hand the number of players on all four remaining teams who just raise their hands after a foul is called and get ready to play on.” -- Kenneth4161