Trying to have a legit convo here. Or at least a fun hypothetical one. Not just comparing who's better, but how their styles could have impacted the games.
Let me start off by saying I think Lebron is by far the last player to deserve blame for the Heat losing this series. I fully respect and appreciate the guy and how good he is. IMO he's the best player since MJ, and still has a very fair chance to surpass him one day. He also carried this Heat team and got close to zero support from his co-stars as well as from his role players and bench.
I also fully understand that the Spurs played amazing basketball throughout the entire series, and they were as close to unbeatable as could be, even if Lebron had been able to go off each and every game.
I also don't like starting the MJ-Lebron feud all over again, but I have to ask the question. I've been pondering it since yesterday.
While the Spurs were slightly favored in the series, a complete and utter blowout like this was not expected. The Spurs still greatly outplayed the Heat even with the handicap of what was supposed to happen. Let's just say, the Spurs covered the spread of the series and more.
Lebron's in his prime. If you take MJ in his prime and replace Lebron with him, could the series have gone different? Would MJ have allowed this to happen? Would he create bigger problems for the Spurs than Lebron was able to? Would the Heat have had a chance to win the series? Could they have pushed it to 6-7 games with close scores? Or would the same result have happened, or worse? Yes, I realize it'd make for an even worse fit with Wade, but I don't think Wade could negatively impact the series much more than he did anyways.