With the constant rigourous debating of who is the greatest player of all-time, Dwayne Wade has no problem answering that question.
"I don't know if (James) has the ability to surpass (Jordan) or not," Wade told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday. "That's yet to be seen. My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this" They're both on the golf course. Michael's on the 18th hole. LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole. He's got a long way to go, but he's on par to get to the 18th hole.
The 18th hole is a long way to go from the 4th hole, so LeBron's partner in crime essentially believes that it will be extremely hard for LeBron to surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. Regardless of the critics and fans, the teammates probably have the best grasp and take on this issue, and one of the best criteria to base the issue off of, Dwayne Wade, believes he has a long way to go.
"I think everyone knows that (James) is a phenomenal, phenomenal player. He's one that we haven't seen, with the makeup of a 6-8 guy who runs as fast as any point guard, jumps as high as any center, and has the ability that he has to do so many things. But Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time, that's who everyone shoots for. So it's going to be hard to surpass that."
Wade was an essential part in bringing LeBron James to Miami, but also bringing a title to south beach this year, and helping James get his first.
James capped a remarkable year of basketball a few weeks ago when he and Team USA won the Olympic gold medal. Before this, James won his third League MVP Award, and his first NBA Finals MVP.
"He's now playing with that confidence, that swagger that you need, and he's right in the smack of his prime. We've all seen it from all the best players in this game, all the future Hall of Famers, that age -- 27, 28, 29 -- that's like the best years, and then after that if you stay healthy, then you have even more great years like a Michael Jordan, like a Kobe (Bryant) has had, when they reach their 30s."
Let's not forget that Jordan also won his first of six NBA titles when he was 27, as did Lebron. If LeBron ever wants to wrestle with an unofficial title such as the NBA's Greatest Player Ever, he will be expected to at least match Jordan's title count.
It's very interesting that Wade actually answered questions that would lead him to these statements. It seemed like he was in no way shape or form scared or apprehensive about releasing his thoughts on the issue.
When asked about if he believes the Miami Heat can become a dynasty, he had this to say.
"If you're a team that's lucky enough not to have major injuries along your run, then it can possibly be," Wade said. "But you never know that until it's over. As a Chicago Bulls fan, when they won their first championship, I didn't say, 'We're going to win five more.' You just hope that your team continues to compete and they get in that situation that they're good enough to pull it out and are able to win."
It's also pretty interesting that Wade is no longer proclaiming that he, LeBron, Bosh and the Heat will not win, "3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8" championships, but they are fortunate for one and taking it one at a time.
"So right now, we won one and that's a lot more than a lot of teams have done in the past, but it's a lot less than (other teams) as well. We just want to continue to get better and hopefully we're there again in the Finals to try and win another one."
In 24 hours, I feel like there has been a huge hurricane that ran right through the Miami Heat organization. Wade states that the so called, proclaimed "King," LeBron James is nowhere close to surpassing Jordan as the greatest player of all time, and he and the Heat are also no longer announcing their multiple championships to the public.
It will be interesting to see what LeBron James says when the next time he is interviewed he gets bombarded with questions regarding his partner in crime's previous interview.
*interview statements taken from ESPN.com*
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