Two Way Street

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J. Siner

Georgia Briskey and Hannah Friel, Sports Editor and Staff Writer

Who’s a better basketball player, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?

Georgia: Every few years, there comes along an NBA player that excites the public and media enough to prompt the inevitable: is he as good or better than the great one, Michael Jordan?  The closest thing to Michael Jordan is LeBron James, but is he better? I don’t think so.

It wasn’t that long ago that Mr. James was considered a flop, who couldn’t win a championship, even after hand picking a starting line-up of players to join him in Miami.  He was reluctant to take the final shot in close games and when he did, aiiiirbaaaall.  He was considered too unselfish, and at other times didn’t get his teammates involved in the game.  Bottom line for James, he won one NBA championship in eight years.  Not too bad until you compare it to Michael Jordan. Jordan has nine NBA First Team Defensive Honors, 10 scoring titles, three steals titles and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He also holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and the highest career playoff scoring average.

So, why all this hype about James being the next Jordan? I think it has to do more with entertainment than true ability. Simply because James performs showboat dunks before games, hugs and laughs with someone who throws in a half court shot at halftime and has a high shooting percentages (mostly dunks), please don’t crown him greater than Michael Jordan.  Nothing takes the place of winning, and with Jordan, that’s what he did.

Hannah: Who’s a better basketball player: Lebron James or Michael Jordan? Well the answer’s clear and it’s Lebron James. James is essentially a 6’8” 240 lb point guard with phenomenal athleticism and impeccable skill. There isn’t one thing James can’t do. His game is practically flawless and he does it every single night. Unlike Jordan, James impacts the game more than just by scoring. He is able to facilitate, rebound and defend at an extremely high level unheard of inthe NBA. What is scary is that James is just getting started and he is getting better week by week. Although Jordan is known as the best player of all time, James is making people reconsider that title. There has never been a specimen like Lebron James.

What team are you excited to watch during March Madness?

Georgia: Thank goodness it’s March! I’ve been looking forward to March Madness since last year’s tournament. This year, I’m excited to watch last year’s champions, and my favorite team, the Indiana Hoosiers. Holding eight titles, I have total faith the Hoosiers will make it to the Final Four and dominate any team that steps on the court. With both a strong offense and defense, the Hoosiers have yet to play a boring game this season. As long as they have Cody Zellar to lead the team with points and rebounds, there’s no doubt the Hoosiers will own the court during March Madness.

Hannah: One of, if not the most historic programs in college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils, will once again be on top when March Madness ends. They have experienced superstars Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly who will lead their team through the trenches of the tournament. That’s not to mention young talent in Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, who will give Duke that extra spark. With all these weapons, Duke will no doubt be an absolute threat this year. Expect them to add another National Championship banner in Cameron Stadium.

How awesome was it to watch Danica Patrick in the Daytona 500?

Hanngia Frielskey: Awesome is an understatement. It was cool enough that she was the first female to win a Sprint Cup pole, but she went ahead and owned the Daytona 500, placing eighth overall. She deserves all the attention she’s getting because she’s won her way to the Daytona 500. Originally racing in Indycar, she was the first female to win a race in the Indy Series, so for her to be the first female to qualify for the Daytona 500 is no surprise. During the Daytona, Patrick struck the wall a few times and ended up being passed by a few drivers on her last lap. Despite these minor drawbacks in her race, she kicked butt. Can you say girl power?