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Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:21 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 10:37 pm
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire says Michael Jordan connected with people but LeBron James doesn't. Posted by Ben Golliver. amare-stoudemire

I had no idea that New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was such a sage public relations guru.

After LeBron James lost the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks, he caused a bit of a flap when he said: "All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before ... I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that." 

A few days later, after some immense criticism, James wisely walked those statements back.

Enter Stoudemire, who sees these comments as a fundamental flaw for James and a major differentiating point between him and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. Here are his comments, delivered to the New York Times:
“I think you have to conduct yourself in a way that people can relate to you,” said Stoudemire, who led the Knicks back to the playoffs this season after the team posted its first winning record (42-40) in 10 years. “The more they can relate to you, the more they will appreciate you.” 

“Everybody has their own way of commenting on things, but I would have commented differently,” Stoudemire said. “One thing about Michael Jordan was that no matter how great he was and how much of a platform he stood on, he still related to all the hard workers out there in the world. 

“I think LeBron is still young,” Stoudemire added, “and there is still time for him to reconnect with the public.”
Stoudemire couldn't be more right. He's highlighted the base level difference between Jordan and James. 

In a way, his point goes back to the recent news that James refers to himself as "King" when he text messages other NBA players. Not only does James struggle to connect with the working man, he struggles to connect with reality. He has earned so much money and had the world at his fingertips for so long -- half his life -- that it's quite possible, despite Stoudemire's hope, that James will never be able to reconnect with the average person.

Sure, winning would go a long way to help boost his popularity, but won't a title simply cause more people to idolize him or despise him rather than bridging the gap? Has he reached a level of polarizing fame where there is no turning back? It sure feels that way.


Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:13 am

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

I agree with amare' how could you actually say LEBRON is a good man when he basically said in his statement after he loss the finals that well the people who rooted for me to loose you will go back to your life and I will go back to mine being happy really downgrdaing people to say you are better than that person seriously and he's a classlu guy I think not Jordan never would have made arrogant comments like that he would have guranteed of coming back badder and stronger next year which he did in 1995 after his comeback season from baseball. If Jordan wasn't like why do players former and current still give this man praises truly they won't be doing that now If he was a bad guy or his merchandise will not be still the best top seller now. Jordan still outsells LEBRON in shoes damn and how long has he been out the league wow no one likes him yeah right lebron doesnt even get recignize globally like mj did when he did that disgraceful decision episode really you could have been a man and release a statement thats you have decided to not come back to cleveland jordan would have never left like that jordan in his first 7 seasons with the bulls always believed that he was coming close to reaching his goal and it happened I met MJ he is a gracious person he stopped for an autograph when others turn you away wow he has an ego on the court so what if you don't think you are better than your opponent than you might as well not show up for games .... MJ THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME LEBRON WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER BE LIKED AS MUCH AS MJ GLOBALLY PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:20 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

yes!! lebron is an ass!!! his life is far from perfect.  his mom certainly isnt perfECT!!! just ask delonte west! the other players in the n.b.a. seem not to really care for this jerkoff. WE all know that the average the jerkoff sees us, makes  the ass ,who he is today.  lebron is an uneducated,spoiled baby ,playing a little boys game!! and of course he will NEVER be like MIKE!!!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:21 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

WHOOSH.. great post man. Don't listen to the buffoons that turn this into a "you hate Jordan because he beat the Pistons" story... the bottom line is Michael Jordan was not a good person or a well liked teammate or anything close to that... he had a huge ego on and off the court .. when he retired he became a huge gambler, gambling big money illegally on the golf course and everywhere else.  Anybody wonder why his dad got murdered?  What a coincidence....and what bad luck for such a great guy ..... weird.

Lebron James has never been in trouble on or off the court and his teammates love him.... he's treated like he is because he left cleveland as a free agent and because he didn't win a championship yet.... wait until he does... everybody will go nuts and suddenly we'll be reading stories about how Lebron "gets it" and how he "relates to fans now".....

What a joke... 

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 4:00 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

MJ was well liked by fans. Other players had some issues, but it didn't matter, because Jordan always put it in their face. The public had little problem with MJ having an ego and bringing it, because he backed up his banter all day. Six rings. Yep.
Lebron. No rings. Shush it until you got one, and you can be more consistent with your play. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:52 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

Whoosh you are clueless...  MJ was far from a jerk...  Just because he dominated the Pistons for all those years does not make him a jerk...  You don't have a sneaker/clothing line like his take off from Day 1 and continue to go strong if the people don't connect with you...

Your comments about Jordan show that you a) smoke crack daily b) are legally insane c) you just know nothing about basketball and d) all of the above.....
I'm thinking D....  

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:19 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

This is all hogwash.  MJ wasn't liked either.  In fact, he was a jerk.  He never connected with people or even his own teammates.  In fact, I'm not even sure he was liked.  He was embraced cause he won championships.

Lebron will when he does too.

MJ threw chairs at his teammates when down by Pistons in playoffs and stormed out of the locker room.  He'd always state:  Rodman has this job and Kerr has this job and Pippen has this job.  It was like he broke down what each player did...they had to go do their own thing and Jordan would score and that is how they won.  He is the reason the league is player driven.  He stepped out of the "team" limelight to take all the credit for their victories.  The gambling cheat....exactly why do folks love him?????

Easy.  Six rings in Chicago.

Winning resolves everything in sports.

If I were Lebron, I wouldn't want to be compared to Jordan.  Lebron is a better man.  He is also a better teammate.  And he will do whatever he is told to win; even deferring to selffish Wade.

Lebron is the best player in basketball due to talent.  And each year he gets better; as crazy as that sounds.  And when he wins; all the haters will need a big appetite to eat all that crow.  Starting with the media garbage.....

I chose the wrong profession.  I could make tons of money just hating on people.  Interesting enough; I chose to help people and serve people in a positive way.  Too bad the media can't take a page from a moral book.  Half the hate Lebron has was brewed solely by the media.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:18 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

I'm not trying to defend LeBron as I can't stand him nowadays, I like him a lot more when he was with the Cavs. Anyways, what do you expect LeBron to act or think when ever since he was a young boy, he was told by his mom, his friends, the media, his high schools, some NBA players, Nike,and of course, fans, how good he is, that he might or will be better than anyone else, MJ included. In another words, he has been brain wash by almost everyone that has contact with him. Most people are mad at him now, especially the media, because he is not as good as they make him to be. The NBA world now realize that he is human after all and start putting all the blame on him instead of saying, you know what, we might be wrong about him. If you tell someone at an early age that he is a loser, no matter how good he is, he will think that he is a loser when he grows up and the same thing applies here, everyone tells him how good he is at an early age, so now, as a grown man, of course he will think just that because we brain wash him to think that way, we program him to be what we want him to be and when he doesn't become what we envision him to be, we blame him instead of ourselves.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

Lebron is no MJ. The only athletes comparable to MJ are legends. Babe Ruth would be the best comparison. They were both larger than life super mega stars. In a class of there own. Lebron is not even close to comparing to MJ. There are 4 or 5 players in the NBA now that are as popular or more popular than Lebron and just as good. Lebron and MJ are apples and oranges.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:09 am

Amar'e: MJ connected with people, LeBron doesn't

Amare is god! 

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:21 am
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