Like most sports, basketball is not only a sport of competition, but also a sport of comparison.
When Michael Jordan stepped on the old Stadium hardwood for the first time in the 1984-85 season, he set about establishing a baseline that Bulls and NBA fans likely will use for several decades to determine a worthy successor.
Who truly could be like Mike after Mike? Kobe? Nope. Shaq? Not a chance. LeBron? Close, but not yet. They all are mere pretenders to the throne.
But as the Bulls ...
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