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March 2, 2013

Better than peers, LeBron's competition is history

(Continued)

and Jason Kidd finally got theirs by beating the Heat in 2011, it seemed

that was all they needed to clinch what were already Hall of Fame

resumes.

But for James, winning one last year only led to the

questions about when he’d win another, the kind of expectations O’Neal

faced once he finally broke through eight years into his career.

“It’s very unfair but it was life and for me it was nothing but motivation,” O’Neal said.

The

Heat will surge into springtime with a great shot at another one, and

after next season James can decide if he wants to keep chasing

championships in Miami or go somewhere else to continue his quest.

Is he Jordan? No, not yet.

Maybe not ever.

But check back when his fingers are a little more filled up.

“If

this guy can win five or six championships, I think it will squash all

those rumors, all those gripes,” Barkley said. “Because this guy, I’ve

never seen anything like him.”

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