Air Jordan Is More Popular Than King James In US Today
14. July 2011
The lackluster performance of Miami Heat superstar forward Lebron “King” James in the National Basketball Association Finals against eventual champion Dallas Mavericks continue to hound the widely popular sport athlete in the world.
This developed after a recent survey among sports fans in the United States has shown that King James is no longer part of the top 10 despite the fact that he was ranked sixth in the same survey in 2010 and third in 2009. In the survey it was uncovered that NBA legend and former Chicago Bulls superstar guard Michael “Air” Jordan is more popular than him since he finished in the top 10.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant and Chicago Bulls rising point-guard Derrick Rose were also part in the top 10 most popular sports athlete in the US. Taking the top spot in the survey among 2,163 adults is New York Yankees superstar shortstop Derek Jeter.
The low ranking of James had been attributed by basketball experts in his bad performance in the last NBA Finals where he failed to score big to carry the Heat to the championship. James was taken with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a shoe contract with Nike before his professional debut.
Listed as a small forward, James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league.He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008–09 and 2009–10, and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005.
In 2010, a much-publicised free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat.He became the third reigning NBA MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone in 1982.