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LeBron’s phone’s wallpaper: Photoshop of Jordan guarding him

Dec 6, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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LeBron James will spend the rest of his career — however long that is — being compared to Michael Jordan. Not because he should be or that it’s fair, but because LeBron is the one player today who could someday, with enough rings, enter the GOAT conversation. Sorry Kobe.

But LeBron has never been on a court with Jordan…

Unless you look at the wallpaper on LeBron’s phone, then it looks like he has.

The sharp guys at The Basketball Jones pulled this out of the story covering LeBron accepting Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award.

[LeBron James] revealed on Wednesday that the screensaver of his phone is a Photoshop image of himself handling the ball while guarded by Michael Jordan in his prime. “Jordan was my superhero growing up,” James said. “He was the guy I feel helped me get to where I am today. As a competitor, who would not want to go against the best? That’s like asking [Tom] Brady would he want to go against Montana in the fourth quarter.”

We’ll never see LeBron and Jordan on the court together, I guess we’ll have to let NBA 2K12 decide. It is the ultimate arbiter.

LeBron and Michael are different players with different styles. Comparing the two directly is not apples to apples because of LeBron’s size and versatility. Jordan was the better pure scorer, LeBron the better passer. And it goes on and on. But that you can even start to have this conversation says what you need to know about LeBron and where he stands (now that he has a ring).

  1. reupjosh - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Thanks Kurt… a very newsworthy story. The lack of a visual reference is a nice touch too. Good job!

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Kurt’s wallpaper: A sweaty, shirtless LeBron.

    • dls612 - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM


  3. dannymac17 - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Tom Brady wouldn’t want to go against Montana in the 4th.

    I don’t think there is a single person that would. Maybe when he was with the Chiefs, but even then…

  4. natsattack - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    And this gets “top” status how?

  5. misterdreamer119 - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Tom Bradys nightmare: going up against Eli in the 4th quarter.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM


    • riichiieriich - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Doesn’t make sense because Brady never went against Eli. He went against the Giants D, which has nothing to do with Eli.

  6. e39er - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Not sure who you talk to about GOAT but Kobe certainly can be talked about, LeBron is special i’ll admit, but with his first ring i’m not convinced he’s ready to be talked about with the greats… seems like alot of people are doing exactly what they have been doing to LeBron since he was young, talking about stuff he hasn’t done yet as much as i dislike Kobe for the shit he does you can’t deny, he definitely is in GOAT discussion

    • savvybynature - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      I can deny it. He is great, but not in the GOAT conversation.

  7. minimatt27 - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    LBJ wants to play against the best…. That’s why he went and formed a “superteam”. Couldnt do it on his own in Cleveland.

  8. doctorfootball - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    The follow up picture should be Jordan stealing the ball

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Or LeBron bricking a last second shot.

  9. lemfax - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Next untie his shoes and get the new Jordan $250:)

  10. zhangmaster - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    LeBron is a little off in his comparison. He’s Trent Dilfer until he gets a couple more rings to become Tom Brady.

  11. zhangmaster - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    LeBron can’t enter the GOAT conversation with Jordan’s Finals record at 6-0 and LeBron starting his at 0-2.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Jordan’s finals record is 6-0 because he got his ass handed to him by the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals three years in a row.

      • bahston - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM

        Kurt, you are such an ass.

      • bahston - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

        Kurt, so touchy. LeBron got his ass handed to him in the first 6 playoff series he played – 2 of them Finals. Also, I don’t think anyone who ever watched Jordan would say he completely quite in a series a la BronBron in ’08. Not even real goats quit like that.

        How’s that? Is that better than the comment you deleted previously?

  12. cdins - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Just when i thought Lebron couldnt get more corny…..

  13. windycity52 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    NBA 2K13?

  14. lucky5936 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Kurt, it doesn’t matter why Jordan’s Finals record is 6-0. The fact is Jordan is undefeated in the NBA Finals, while Lebron is 1-2.

  15. lucky5936 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    And one more thing Kurt. Jordan earned his revenge by sweeping the Pistons out of the playoffs in route to his first championship. What major obstacle did Lebron overcome? Which dynasty of a team did Lebron triumph against? None as the Heat were supposed to win over the Thunder.

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