LeBron James is the anti-MJ. For years that was because he couldn't win an NBA title. Now that he's racking up the hardware, the increasing difference between the two star athletes' legacies is their willingness to stand up and lead off the court. King James is breaking out of his shell and more and more willing to stand up for what he believes in, whether it's taken a strong position on Donald Sterling's Clippers ownership or even choosing his new team based on what's best for him.
In the latest episode of 'From The Bench,' Outsports' Cyd Zeigler and former NFL player and You Can Play executive director Wade Davis talk about the growing willingness of athletes to take stronger positions in their own careers and bigger issues. James is just one example, as the Northwestern football team braces to fight for their right to seek fair compensation for the work they put in in their sport.
The guys also talk about whether the athletes in the NBA would have stood up to league management if Sterling had made anti-gay comments. Chances are slim.