Published on July 7th, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
New York Knicks’ Great John Starks Talks MJ and LeBron’s Legacies
Earlier this week Basketball Society’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson caught up with New York Knicks’ legend John Starks to talk about LeBron legacy in comparison to Michael Jordan. Being that LeBron has decided to join his third NBA franchise in his 16th season. John is someone that also had the opportunity to play for four separate (Chicago, Golden State, New York, Utah) franchises during his 14-year career in the NBA. He is also someone that had the difficult task of guarding Michael Jordan on a regular basis during his time with the Knicks.
LeBron will always have the narrative over his head that he had to switch teams chase rings instead of help groom his teammates and Starks echoed that during his interview with Robinson: “Mike did all his championships on one team, and guys wanted to play for him,” John Starks told Basketball Society’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.
“Scottie and Horace, he kind of raised those guys. Later on when he got back, other guys like [Dennis] Rodman and [Ron] Harper joined the team.”
Throughout the prime of Micheal’s career he did not move around, yes he decided to play baseball,but he was still associated with a Chicago organization farm team. It was not until he decided to join the Wizards in 2001, but by then the expection where not the same at the age of 39 and 40. Jordan wanted to play against the best the NBA had to offer, while in this generation its stars want to just join forces to build superteams and collect rings.
But he didn’t move around, didn’t want to move around,” Starks said of Michael Jordan.
“He wanted to play against the best. He felt like he didn’t need to go chase players or join this team to beat the best because he felt like he was the best, and I think that’s the difference. I think that’s probably going to hurt LeBron when you look at it in that perspective against Michael, Bird, and Magic, those guys stayed with one team. And they won with that team.”
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