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All we need is just a little patience

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Weekly Citizen Sports Editor Kyle Riviere

There is an AT&T commercial out there right now where they proclaim, "faster is better." Whether that's true or not, those three words alone perfectly sum up where we are as a society.

Everything has to be fast. And as the technology gets faster and faster, we get more and more spoiled.

We don't want to wait for answers. That's too slow. We want answers now. Forget that; we want answers yesterday. Everything must have a label, and everything must have a bottom line.

And with such impatience comes the hyperbole and the short-term memory of a person suffering from amnesia.

We become prisoners of the moment, and the phrase "greatest ever" gets firmly implanted into our vernacular. We quickly pronounce something as the greatest ever--until we find a new greatest ever two days later. And by next week, we'll probably find even a newer greatest ever.

When it comes to sports, nothing proves this point more than LeBron James. It has followed him around his whole career, but it picked up even more steam last week when he became the first player in NBA history to score more than 30 points while shooting over 60 percent for six straight games.

It instantly heated up the same old question we've been forced to hear for years now: is he better than Michael Jordan?

There is only one Michael Jordan. His six championship rings speak for themselves, and it's totally unfair to whomever you decide to compare to him.

Why do we have to compare LeBron to MJ every time he reaches a milestone? Why do we have to dissect every little thing he does and then ask, "What would Jordan have done?"

It all goes back to living in today's society--a society where we have to have that bottom line. We have to have all the answers right there in front of us.

I hate to sympathize with someone making millions and millions of dollars a year, but what LeBron has had to put up with his entire career isn't fair.

He was still in high school, and people were debating whether he would be better than Jordan. Anything he ever accomplishes in his career will be put up and compared to Jordan.

He finally won a ring last summer. What did he get to hear? He still needs five more to match Jordan.

James is only 28 years old. He still has at least seven more years to play and with the way he stays in shape, I wouldn't be surprised if he plays 10 more years.

So why do we have to decide if he's the greatest ever right now? Are we really that spoiled by today's lightening-fast world where we can't hold off on a debate until a player's career is actually complete?

It's like going see an Oscar-nominated movie, walking out of the theater 30 minutes in and then trying to decide if it's better than "The Godfather."

Is LeBron better than Jordan? He still has a lot of basketball ahead of him. When it's all said and done, he might be; I don't know. I won't even come close to approaching that debate until I see him in a tearful press conference reading his fair-well speech seven to 10 years from now.

So, folks, until then, invest in a little patience and leave the man alone. Just enjoy watching a future Hall of Famer play, and hold off on the MJ comparisons.

A company would never put a label on an unfinished product, so why should we?