If LBJ played in the late 80s or early 90s he'd be nothing more than the biggest school girl in the yard........ the refs allowed Bryant to be a bit more physical than the Queen is used too....... Bryant gave him a little bit of the old school treatment and LBJ had a little pout going on.
Jordan would have owned the Queen and owned him bad back when you were allowed to hand check and get physical ....... he would have never allowed the space for LBJ to get moving and explode.
Lebron would dominate in any era. Hes too physically gifted. He gets blocked a couple times in a friggin all star game and people are saying he wouldnt be effective in the 80s/90s. Im starting to take a back seat and look at the NBA more objectively and its pretty hilarious whats fans say at times.
The game really is changing. Athleticism is so key now. Those 6'8-6'10 Lebron/KD like players is the next generation and what kids will be watching growing up as a model of success if their growing to that height.
On a side note. MJ was only hating on Lebron because hes the biggest threat to his GOAT status. Kobes a diet MJ. Lebron is a once in a generation talent with his size speed, strength, and how he plays. He'll fall short because MJ's acheivements were impeccable with little failure. It only took about 10 years for MJs untouchable GOAT status to slowly start fading away. Thats sports though.
Is that you ESPN?
Not sure how old you are but if you watched basketball in the 80s and early 90s you would realize the rules have changed quite a bit as far as how physical a player can be out in the perimeter. These rules are tailored made for LBJ to do what he does with that size and athleticism, in the 80s he wouldn't get free space to gain momentum and just explode to the hoop like he does today which he still needs to use that frame and speed...... not saying he wouldn't be a very, very good player but he can't even dominate like Jordan did in a league that doesn't allow you to breath on a guy out in the perimeter or with any real centers...what makes you think he would fair that much better in those days where 2 way Centers existed and guys could actually take away a guys space out on the perimeter without the refs intervening. Jordan would be crazy scary playing with today's rules out on the perimeter where guys can't hand check or place that forearm on the inside riding the hip (like Bryant was doing at times last night in those final moments).
LBJ is great, but if you actually think Jordan wouldn't have been able to D up LBJ or somehow LBJ would have stopped Jordan from getting those titles you are living in an ESPN colored world drinking as much of that kool-aid as you can.
Bryant gave him a little bit of the old school yesterday and not one smile from LBJ during it..... he was trying, they both heard the talk all week and Bryant showed what will and killer determination can do even to the "greatness" that is James.
In the end it was an all-star game.... can't take too much from it but I still would have liked to see these 2 go at it in the finals to settle it once and for all...... even at 34 I wouldn't bet against Bryant if he had a team good enough to get there.