Barkley on LeBron: "I Do Think He Can Be Better Than Michael" - Fan Reaction

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LeBron James is arguably the most criticized player in NBA history, but his critics are starting to come around.

I can't say I blame them for their sudden change of heart, considering how impressive LeBron has been since his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the greener pastures of the Miami Heat. James has put up impressive numbers in the past two seasons, and he capped it off by securing his first NBA title and Finals MVP earlier in the year.

Former NBA player, Charles Barkley, has been a vocal critic of LeBron ever since the "decision," but he's starting to see things differently. Barkley now feels LeBron might be better than the NBA's current GOAT, Michael Jordan, when it's all said and done.

"I do think he can be better than Michael," Barkley said during a recent episode of NBA TV's 'Open Court.' "I thought I would never compare somebody to Michael Jordan. But this guy, LeBron James, he does everything well. Michael did everything well. LeBron James is just bigger, stronger, faster. That's the only difference."

Numbers wise, LeBron matches up well against Jordan, but he isn't quite as aggressive. However, LeBron has showed that he can turn up the intensity when he needs to.

James has put up Jordan-type numbers throughout his career, and he seems to improve with every passing season. He's still a long way from winning six NBA titles like Jordan did, but at least he's gotten the first one out of the way. Jordan won his first NBA title at the age of 28, so LeBron (27) is currently ahead of schedule.

The Miami Heat have all it takes to become the next great dynasty in the NBA, but it certainly won't be given to them. The NBA is as competitive as ever right now, and the Heat will have to stay 100 percent focused on basketball if they want to hoist their second consecutive title.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Associated Press, "Barkley: LeBron better than Jordan?"

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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