The 2013 Miami Heat are a wayward and fractious lot, riven by ego and feelings and constantly in need of affirmation.
This year LeBron James hasn't so much become an indomitable force of basketball will as he has a psychologist, Dr. Phil sitting on a couch with his head in his hands nodding quietly and listening as his teammates pour out their misgivings.
The LeBron vs. Jordan debate has been ongoing for several years now, but most people have missed the essential difference between the two men -- their generations. LeBron's a millennial hugger, Jordan was an old school puncher. One man tries to work out his teammate's issues by listening, the other bristled at the idea that there could ever be issues. LeBron's more inclusive, Jordan was my way or the highway with his teammates. Once you get this distinction down, everything makes sense about why this debate doesn't quite connect, their talents are both luminescent, but their mental backgrounds are completely different.
Jordan vs. Lebron isn't a battle of basketball wills.
It's will vs. Dr. Phil.
Can LeBron's style of leadership, a gentler listening inclusiveness, pay off with a title?
We've spent a lot of time talking about leaders willing their team to a title, but we've spent hardly any time talking about a player Dr. Philling his team to the title.