(NEW YORK) — Miami Heat forward Lebron James has had arguably one of the best years in the NBA in recent history.
He’s the only player other than Michael Jordan to win the regular season MVP, an NBA title, NBA Finals MVP, and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. He’s been so good, that one of his Olympic coaches, Jim Boeheim thinks that James could get to Jordan’s level.
“He’s a leader. He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five [positions] … put him on anybody, he can guard him,” Boeheim told ESPN Radio’s Collin Cowherd. “I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen … I didn’t think it was close … and I’m not so sure anymore … this guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better … I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”
James went to the NBA Finals in his first year with the Heat, and won his first NBA title this past season.
In his nine-year career, James has averaged 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game.
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