Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James

Throughout history, we like to compare great players from different eras. Sometime we debate that players from a current era are better than players from the past and vice versa. These debates reached a great magnitude when Michael Jordan entered the NBA in 1984. He was compared to Dr. J Julius Ervin. After having such an impact on the game and winning multiple titles, it was apparent that Jordan was the greatest player of all time in most eyes. The comparison didn’t stop however. People wanted the next Jordan. First it was Grant Hill then it was Kobe Bryant. Now it’s LeBron James. What made this even a topic is when Syracuse Orangemen Coach and Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim said “He’s a leader. He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five (positions) … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen … I didn’t think it was close … and I’m not so sure anymore … this guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better.” Well let’s break it down.

Let me be quite frank from the start, Michael Jordan is still the greatest player of all time and LeBron James is not there yet. There might be a day where we see a player and say that he is better than Jordan. That day hasn’t arrived yet. LeBron James shouldn’t be in the conversation at this point. Let’s have some prospective for a moment. LeBron James is not even in the class of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Russell, and Kobe Bryant among others when it comes to championships. It’s disrespectful to other great player to say James is the best when he only won one title and has had his bad moments in crucial times. You mean to tell me if he had lost in the Finals this past season that we would have this conversation?

Take out this past season and we all would look at LeBron James as one of the biggest underachievers in the history of sports. It would be fine to say that James is the most gifted player of all-time. What you can’t measure is a person’s will, heart, and determination to be the best. That’s where Michael Jordan comes in. Who would you want to take the last shot? Have you seen a Michael Jordan led team lose in the Finals twice? Did we see Jordan join two other great players to win a title?

Let’s not rule out that LeBron James could become the greatest of all-time. He has plenty of time to prove many people wrong including myself. I just feel it is too premature to say he’s better than Jordan. Jordan had a team with Scottie Pippen and good role players. They won three NBA Championships then Jordan retired. He played Baseball, came back, and won three more rings. After having six rings, an Olympic gold medal, and built a brand that is the most successful brand by any athlete ever. The impact he has had on the game shouldn’t be taken for granted. Even LeBron wore 23 for years to pay homage.

Who do you think is better, Jordan or James?

6 Responses to Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James

  1. cee nance says:

    i agree mostly to your point about james not even being in the same class as magic,or kobie but to surpass them and go there with jordan is beyond ignorant. In this day and age hype is controlled by whatever outlet is spewing it “just look at hip hop” i don’t get how 3 or 4 people who control air and t.v. waves determine who’s good and who’s great that’s why i don’t understand why this page has’nt gone global and blown up, cause this is everyday people with everyday views but i hope one day the debate will be over he had all he needed in cleveland and could’nt pull it off i said on line a while ago imagine if jordan joined the lakers or celtics, or ran with thomas in detroit then how many rings would he have?

    • Rai says:

      Thanks cee nance. It feels crazy comparing these two when one person has six rings and the other has one. If MJ had Wade and Bosh, how many more rings would he have?

  2. julian brown says:

    no matter what jordan didnt win 6 alone he had help and lebron had nobody in cleveland that can support him he made the right decision and now he has his first ring and is still getting more nuff said

    • cee nance says:

      when he reaches kobie status then it’s a conversation, untill then he will alway’s be wade’s lil bro. Nigga’s bypassing magic and all dem boy’s wit dis dude yeah he got 1 nobody can’t take it away from him or how he got it but to talk like he’s the greatest right now is just crazy!

  3. Randy coates says:

    This was easy for me because as long mike has 6 rings &nd bron has 1 mike will always be the best and he is the reason why everyone compare anyone to like kobe vs mj

    • cee nance says:

      gospel homeboy! These herb’s in the NBA now chasing a buck dawg i keep saying watever happen to paying dues everybody tag-teaming up thinking they’re gonna win now do anybody care about dynasty!

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