Indefensible statements defended

There's truth underneath all the LeBron James hyperbole

Originally Published: October 18, 2013
By Jordan Brenner | ESPN The Magazine

Michael Jordan, LeBron JamesGetty ImagesIt's possible that by the end of his career, LeBron could be regarded as better than Michael Jordan.

GREAT PLAYERS inspire great hyperbole. In that respect, LeBron James has already earned himself elite status. But the crazy thing about exaggeration is that there's often a whole lot of truth underneath the heady phrasing. And that's certainly the case when it comes to describing The King. We've never before seen his combination of size, speed and skill, so it's understandable that his unique talents might inspire some truly bold sentiments. These six statements about LeBron James might once have seemed outlandish, but when we look closely at the numbers, they turn out to be something else entirely: proof.

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Brenner writes for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Insider. He covers the NBA and college basketball.