Magic Johnson called LeBron James the “greatest leader in sports” last week, and Shannon Sharpe couldn’t help but agree with the assessment.
Sharpe echoed Johnson’s sentiments Monday on FS1’s “Undisputed,” even pointing out why he believes James holds a slight edge over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion.
Sharpe hardly meant his analysis as a criticism of Brady, who most would agree is an incredible leader in his own right. He simply explained how the two stack up in his eyes, with James evidently having a small advantage based on his leadership impact with multiple NBA organizations.
It’ll be interesting to see how James adjusts to life with the Los Angeles Lakers, who signed the four-time MVP to a four-year contract. Johnson, a Lakers legend who now serves as the team’s president of basketball operations, insists James is onboard with Los Angeles’ three-year rebuilding plan, which is notable given that James, who turns 34 in December, has been to eight consecutive NBA Finals and therefore is used to contending for a championship year after year.
James’ time with the Lakers — a team with a young core and multiple polarizing veterans — could test his leadership ability like never before.
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