Originally Posted by Rico2016
LeBron faced 2011 and isn't afraid to talk about it.
Meanwhile...Jordan fans are embarassed to discuss a LIST of topics:
0-6 vs Larry Bird
6 weak rings
Losing record to Hakeem
Losing in the 1st round three times
How can you be embarassed of your own rings? If MJ's rings are so pitifully weak and comical what else does he even have?
Nobody cares. 1-9 isn't even a thing. LeBron never even made the playoffs his first two years.
Bird was supposed to beat MJ. He was playing at the top of his game (in the running for greatest peak all time) and he played with several HOF teammates.
No weak rings. All his Finals competition were formidable.
What about Scottie Pippen? That is stupid.
No one cares that he has a losing regular season record to Hakeem. He has a winning record against Magic. What does all that mean anyway? They played Houston just twice a year and never when it truly mattered.
What about the Wizards? He wasn't afraid of taking on the challenge of bringing a perennial doormat to respectability. He could have chosen to go to a superstar's team (like LeBron) or recruited All Stars to his own team (like LeBron) but he's too much of a competitor.
What about Father's Day? He capped off a 72 win season with a title on Father's Day.
Losing in the first round three times? So? His team wasn't good enough. The Bulls were a doormat when he got there, plagued with all sorts of issues. It was a graveyard that had only been to the playoffs once in seven years before he arrived. It took time to build a great team especially since they were breaking the mold by building around a high scoring guard instead of a center. MJ took his lumps like a man. He didn't run to a franchise that had already won a title in order to learn how to win. MJ did it the hard way.
Baseball? He challenged himself. That's what competitors do. Sometimes that pushes you to dominate the league and win 6 titles. Sometimes you find out you can't hit a curve ball. The point is he wasn't afraid to "strike out". He came back to the NBA and won 3 more titles.