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Stoudemire says LeBron needs to respect, connect like MJ

Jun 16, 2011, 1:06 AM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

Michael Jordan could be arrogant. He punched teammate Steve Kerr in the face during a practice. There were gambling and infidelity issues.

Things might have been different for Jordan in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media — not to mention blogs — but the fact is a lot of people knew about those things at the time and didn’t care.

Amar’e Stoudemire told the New York Times there is a reason that LeBron James angers so many while Jordan is beloved.

“I think you have to conduct yourself in way that people can relate to you,” said Stoudemire, who led the Knicks back to the playoffs this season after the team posted its first winning record (42-40) in 10 years. “The more they can relate to you, the more they will appreciate you….

“Everybody has their own way of commenting on things, but I would have commented differently,” Stoudemire said. “One thing about Michael Jordan was that no matter how great he was and how much of a platform he stood on, he still related to all the hard workers out there in the world.

“I think LeBron is still young,” Stoudemire added, “and there is still time for him to reconnect with the public.”

By the way, Stoudemire said his back is still bothering him some, but it’s muscular and should be fine in plenty of time for next season as he getting regular treatment. Besides, he’s in the midst of a national Excedrin campaign so he’s feeling no pain.

  1. bernardstein - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    “The Decision” will haunt him forever.It’s unfortunate because he is a heck of a bball player.Needs to work on his jumpshot.You have to admit,though,he is one UGLY mofo.

  2. downtowndanny - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    truth is, Lebron doesn’t have the makeup to be that guy. He seems to be the pouty kid that always got his way, a mommas boy. MJ had a strong father figure that no doubt put him in his place when he got to big for his britches, whereas Lebron simply had talent and not much else. I think he’s an ok dude but he could never be the guy everybody can relate to, let alone imitate, People still want to “be like Mike” but no one says that about Lebron. As much as non Laker fans hate Kobe, they still respect him, Lebron will never be that guy, hopefully for him, he gets 4-5 rings to at least validate all of the expectations. But I wont be holding my breath waiting..

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