ESPN puts the Heat on the King

BY ANTHONY CORNWELL

LeBron James is the best player in the world right now. He is playing at a higher level than anyone in the league. According to Charles Barkley during a halftime show on TNT, he’s playing on another planet.

You would think that LeBron would get a little credit, but that’s not the case. ESPN always seems to throw LeBron under the bus. Even after reaching a milestone against the 76ers on Tuesday night (a milestone that only 4 players have reached in NBA History), ESPN grilled him.

LeBron reached a milestone of 500 games in a row scoring in double digits. After acknowledging that for about 10 seconds they spent a few minutes saying that he will never be able to break the record.

ESPN began to say that he’ll never get there and he doesn’t have the same drive as the leader in the category, Michael Jordan.

ESPN seems to do this all the time to LeBron. After he won his first and second championship, the first thing they do is compare him to Jordan and look at LeBron’s inadequacies. He [LeBron] doesn’t make a final jump shot in a game; ESPN makes a poll comparing him to Jordan, knowing where the percentage of the votes will go.

Instead of giving the best player in the world a little credit, ESPN looks at his faults and makes comparisons of him and Michael Jordan. Jordan was the greatest of an era. Now we’re in a different era and LeBron should get a little more acknowledgement then the media has been giving him, especially ESPN.

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