Era Apparent?

Originally Published: April 14, 2009
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPNChicago.com

Like most sports, basketball is not only a sport of competition, but also a sport of comparison.

When Michael Jordan stepped on the old Stadium hardwood for the first time in the 1984-85 season, he set about establishing a baseline that Bulls and NBA fans likely will use for several decades to determine a worthy successor.

Who truly could be like Mike after Mike? Kobe? Nope. Shaq? Not a chance. LeBron? Close, but not yet. They all are mere pretenders to the throne.

But as the Bulls ...

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