Choke Artist LeBron Is No Jordan

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 3:15 PM CDT
Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James struggle for the ball during overtime in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Cavaliers' loss to the Orlando Magic last night further highlights the difference between LeBron James and his spectacular forebear, Michael Jordan, Mike Freeman writes for CBS Sports. “Jordan wouldn't have lost this game or been destroyed in this series,” Freeman writes. Furthermore, Jordan would not have delivered James’ easygoing response to the loss that left Cleveland down 3-1. “Jordan would've strangled someone.”

Freeman sees James as another Cleveland buzzkill like Earnest Byner, who lost the Browns a title shot in 1988. “The Cavaliers will win the next two games and force a Game 7 at home,” Freeman predicts. “It'll go down to the last shot for Cleveland to win. James will have the ball,” but “before he shoots, James loses the basketball off his knee, and it dribbles away harmlessly out of bounds. The Magic win.”