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Barack Obama says LeBron James “has a chance to be as good as anybody”

Feb 14, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

courtesy TNT courtesy TNT

While I find the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate to get tedious quickly, that’s where we are with LeBron — we are watching him at his peak and wondering where he will rank all time when all is said and done.

And when you compare someone with the all-time greats, Michael Jordan is the modern bar to clear. You can try to make the case someone else was better if you want, but everyone rightfully has Jordan in their top three. If you don’t you’re doing it wrong.

During TNT’s pregame coverage of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, they will broadcast an interview with Charles Barkley and President Barack Obama. So Barkley naturally asked about LeBron and Jordan. Naturally. Here is the baller-in-chief’s answer, courtesy TNT.

“You know LeBron. I know LeBron. When you are standing next to him, and then you watch him close up, I’ve never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who is that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package.

“So we don’t yet know where he is going to be. Now, I’m a Chicago guy and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city. And he was a champion. Mike is now retired. LeBron, when you look at him, you think he might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years. He’s 29 years old. In terms of every aspect of the game, LeBron has a chance to be as good as anybody.”

That was a political answer.

I guess it’s a fun barstool debate to try and guess where LeBron will land when he hangs up his Nikes. Personally, I’d rather fully savor watching him now, knowing we are lucky to get to see one of the all time greats at his peak, and leave that debate for a day a decade from now when we have a more complete picture.

  1. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Agree with Obama. But I wonder if anyone who follows basketball has ever heard of Wilt Chamberlain? He was pretty good.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      What about Wilt Chamberlain?

      • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        I ws wondering when the resident Lebron nut hugger would arrive- and right on queue- you appeared.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Cool story. What about Wilt Chamberlain?

      • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Do you have a Lebron poster on your bedroom wall? Just curious.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        That’s a fair question. No. I have never purchased any LeBron James product – no shoes, no posters, no jerseys.

        I’m genuinely curious as to why you brought up Wilt Chamberlain. Why are you avoiding the question?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Bill Russell was better than Wilt. Because he wasn’t obsessed with statistics. Wilt even turned women into statistics.

  2. bucrightoff - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Obama is the 2nd best black President ever (Clinton obviously being the best).

    • shuttaman1990 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Clinton acted poorly when it came to the genocide in Rwanda.
      He’s not an honorary black man for this.

      lakers all day.

  3. cantonbound13 - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Who cares what he thinks about bball?

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Nobody. Obama has been way too accessible. He thinks it makes him cool but really it’s just turning him into a plebeian.

    • azarkhan - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Obama may seem like your stereotypical, shallow leftist who hasn’t had a new idea in 40 years, but according to Obots, he is the smartest man ever born. So of course his opinion matters!

      • odenxx - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        As a posed to the GOP who have no idea’s?! Keep your irrational hate to your self troll!

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        This could be entirely the way the media portrays the two men, but it seems to me that as bad of a president as he was, George Bush never commented on sports as much as Obama. Once he is out of office, he can do his March Madness Brackets on ESPN as much as he’d like but President Obama should have better things to do, even if it only takes a few minutes out of his schedule to talk about sports.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Interesting how the political comments have equal #’s of thumbs ups and downs.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      If you don’t care what he thinks about basketball, or anything else, why take the time to click on the article so you can say you don’t care? What’s up with that anyway?

      As much as I disagree with the way Obama has conducted his presidency, at least he can communicate like an adult and is willing to do so. That beats the hell out of the last guy, who implemented destructive policies while mumbling into his sleeve.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM


  6. fnc111 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Communist Dictator.

    What’s next a sit down with Kim Jung un???

    • zoomy123 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Shut up. If this was a real communist dictatorship the secret police would be tracing your IP address right now. And you’d be waking up to an unpleasant knock on the door at 2 AM.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Dennis Rodman has already “been there, done that”.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I thought that was Dennis Rodman’s area of expertise.

  7. ravenswhat - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    If you watched MJ dominate games like he was playing with high schoolers and still think Lebron is the better player…you really suck at this basketball thing. Lebron is amazing but MJ was on a different planet. Thems the facts.

  8. fnc111 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM


    Maybe you should shut up. Why would the police track my IP address? I never said any names. I used a term that’s all chump. You sensitive much?

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