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Jackson and LeBron :: Real Recognize Real

Phil Jackson joins in on the MJ vs LBJ discussion. Last week, he was on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” ESPN 1000 in Chicago and said that LeBron’s physical nature would give him a leg up on Michael Jordan if all goes well.

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Phil Jackson’s Full Interview

“He’s got all the physical attributes,” Jackson said. “He is a player that can play four positions. Except for perhaps the center spot, which he hasn’t given a shot a yet, he can play those other four positions quite well. This is unique; Michael could play three and was very good at all three of those, but as a power player that LeBron can become, I think he has an opportunity to explore and advance some of the status that he has already gained.”

“Winning six championships is an elusive thing out there, and they haven’t won two yet,” Jackson continued. “But he’s kinda got the smell of it, and even the Olympic experience this summer, he was the granted leader of that team and was the critical player when they needed something to happen in the final games. I think he’s there, I think he’s at that position. He’s got good things ahead of him and a lot of it depends upon if he’s gonna be healthy for the remainder of his career.”

“I have a hard time judging the best player, but I do think that Michael had more moves in the post and he had more of a perhaps shooting touch with his back to the basket and all these kind of things that were a part of his game,” Jackson said. “LeBron has his train out of control when he gets the ball in transition that he can go coast to coast without anyone getting in his way, and if they do, he’s going to over run them. And he’s got the power with the body and he’s developing a left hand that’s extremely good. There’s a lot of things that you are seeing in the development of this player that leads towards that, but the ideal and the whole reason behind this is what kind of championships are you gonna get from a player like this? Can he match what Michael has done?”