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Hollinger: LeBron closing in on Jordan (Insider required)

ESPN.com's John Hollinger, their NBA stats guy, writes about LeBron's runaway MVP season and says that he's having an even better season than last year statistically. His PER is just below Jordan's 87-88 season for the best of all time, and if he finishes there then he and Jordan will each have two of the best four seasons in "modern" NBA history (his stats only go back to 1973 when the league started tracking blocks and turnovers). Right now, LeBron James is clearly playing at a level that the NBA has not seen since Jordan was in his heyday. He also writes about the similarities between James and Jordan at this point in their careers. Jordan won his first title in his seventh season, and up until that point he was dogged by the same ridiculous criticisms that James has been receiving the last few years. Jordan was once thought of as a guy who was a great regular season player but couldn't win in the playoffs, much like some morons say about LeBron now, but then he won six titles and became the ultimate winner and competator. Yet, here we are twenty years later and the same idiotic comments are being made about LeBron that were once made about Jordan. And, Hollinger says, much like Jordan, LeBron will probably soon lead his team to a title and silence any of his remaining critics. It's obvious now to anyone except the most idiotic Lakers fans that LeBron is clearly the best player in the NBA, and not only is he better than Kobe now but his past two seasons have been better than any season in Kobe's great career. And the scary part is that he's still getting better.

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