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August 15, 2012

Is it time to admit LeBron James could overtake Michael Jordan? Vote now! (with poll and new video); plus the Tannehill Bandwagon & more

1aa1me12BRAND NEW VIDEO: LEBRON VS. JORDAN: Less than a month ago I launched a video channel and we'll soon surpass 2,000 views. Thanks for the interest and support. Click on YouTube/TheGregCote to find all 12 "The View From Miami" mini-commentaries we've done so far including the latest on how LeBron James maybe being better than Michael Jordan no longer is the blasphemy it once was. Subscribe (it's free) to automatically get the latest videos as they are posted.

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LEBRON OVER JORDAN: IT ISN'T CRAZY TALK ANYMORE: Don't get me wrong and I'm going to underline it so you don't: To say it now would be 1aa1debatepremature. But the possibility of it is emerging. Outside of Chicago, perhaps, it no longer is blasphemous to suggest. For the first time I think the NBA has an active player -- and it is the Heat's LeBron James -- who could retire having surpassed Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player ever. LeBron in 2012 and Jordan in 1992 are the only two men to have won an NBA title, been regular-season and Finals MVP, and won a gold medal all in the same year. I doubt very much LeBron will ever catch Michael for number of championship rings but otherwise could be seen someday as having been a greater all-round player. There is growing momentum to at least have this conversation, to consider it. ESPN's First Take chewed it around today/Wednesday. Charles Barkley and John Salley both have said LeBron overtaking Jordan could happen. Today, Syracuse coach and U.S. Olympic assistant Jim Boeheim told radio's Colin Cowherd: "I've always thought Jordan was the best player I had ever seen. It wasn't close. Now, I'm not so sure." I'm not, either. Are you? Vote and say why.

Poll result: Strong approval for Chad Johnson being cut: We asked in the previous blogpost if you approved of the Dolphins releasing Chad Johnson (you can still vote) and 71.8 percent said yes, versus 21.6% no and 6.6% undecided.

THE TANNEHILL BANDWAGON WELCOMES YOU: Welcome aboard the Tannehill Bandwagon. I'm your driver. We're filling up fast so please grab a seat. I wrote on the first day of 1aa1laurenttraining camp that rookie Ryan Tannehill unequivocally should be named Dolphins starting quarterback, right now, and shouted it again after the first preseason game. Glad to see some of you are coming around. To the fans who thought me an idiot because Tannehill supposedly wasn't ready, welcome aboard. I forgive you. To my media brethren who wrote that either of the team's veteran QBs would give Miami a better chance to win but who have since magically done a 180 and are now calling Tannehill the Next Marino -- hey, anybody can change his mind. (Whoa, though. Hold on. Don't want the bandwagon to be ticketed for speeding!) Welcome aboard one and all. (Best part about the Tannehill Bandwagon? Ryan's wife Lauren, pictured, will be walking up and down the aisle handing out refreshments).

Highlights of last night's Hard Knocks: Most notable from Tuesday night's episode: 1) Coach Joe Philbin is shown telling Chad Johnson he's done. Chad: "I let you down a little. A lot. " Joe: "I don't see the mesh right now." 2) The news that QB David Garrard injured his knee not on the field but at home watching his kids in the pool. 3) Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's blistering talk to his unit, including telling rookie TE Michael Egnew, "Get your head out of your ass!" 4) Tannehill, made to sing as all rookies must, serenading the team with the perhaps prescient "Lean On Me." 5) GM Jeff Ireland on his wide receivers: "We got 4's, 5s and 6s. We gotta find who the 1s, 2s and 3s are." Bonus gem: Sherman's charmingly Bobby Bowden-esque expletive, "Gosh-daggit!"

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