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LeBron James Is More Popular Than Michael Jordan

LeBron Is Back On The Good Side With NBA Fans

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For all you folks who said LeBron James will never top Michael Jordan, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Sorry, James is more popular than the greatest basketball player of all-time and we have the information to prove it.

According to a poll released by Harris Interactive, LeBron is American’s most popular sports star there is. Jordan has dropped to No. 2 after holding the title last season. This is the first time LeBron has claimed the top spot and it’s been quite a jump after he wasn’t even ranked in the poll in 2011.

LeBron James Is More Popular Than Michael Jordan

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LeBron has always been a popular sports figure in America since he first entered the NBA in 2003. However, LeBron really tarnished the way he was viewed by the general public with his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, and with his choice to do so on national television. Fans were caught burning his jerseys, he was constantly booed at away arenas and it looked like he would never be in good gracious with NBA fans again.

Somehow, it looks like LeBron has turned things around ever since he announced he was returning to Cleveland a couple of weeks ago. The return has created a classic storybook ending and has many of those fans who turned on LeBron four years ago, now rooting for him and loving him more than ever.

Of course, there are always going to be some people out there who will never forgive LeBron and will always root for him to fail. However, the majority seem to be past that issue and this poll clearly shows that America is more than willing to forgive.

You can view the complete top 10 list below, curtesy of Harris Interactive:

LeBron James

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Michael Jordan

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1

1

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1

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Derek Jeter

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10

5

Peyton Manning

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7

2

Kobe Bryant

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7

6

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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8

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5

8

Tom Brady

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7

Tiger Woods

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7

2

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Drew Brees

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Aaron Rodgers

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