As the debate surrounding the greatest NBA player of all time continues, LeBron James has made his opinion known. In an exclusive interview with The Orange County Register, James declared himself the greatest player to ever play the game. But is he really?
Welcome to a debate that has gone on for decades: Who is the greatest NBA player of all time? In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into the GOAT debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan, and try to answer the question: Is James really the greatest of all time?
LeBron James is on the brink of surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record, and with it, he’s reignited the GOAT debate. James has declared himself the greatest player of all time, and for good reason. He’s an all-around player, able to score and facilitate with the best of them. He’s also been able to stay in the league for nearly two decades, while still playing some of the best basketball of his career.
On the other hand, Michael Jordan’s prime career is arguably the greatest in NBA history. He went 6-0 in the NBA Finals during the 1990s, helping the Bulls to two, three-peat championship eras. He won 10 scoring titles, to James’ one. He has five league MVPs, one more than James, and six Finals MVPs, to James’ four. Jordan’s main claim over James, to some outsiders, is his six rings to James’ four.
But, James stans will argue Jordan didn’t need to do the work James has had to do, as then general manager Jerry Krause set the Bulls up for success during their dynasty years. James has had to jump from team to team during his NBA career, unlike Jordan, who played 13 of his 15 seasons with the Bulls.
At the end of the day, the GOAT debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan is a never-ending one, and one that will likely never be settled. James’ instances of jumping to a team, forcing the organization’s hand in finding superstars to pair with, then jumping ship when it’s all gone south, is one of the few criticisms he’s received over his career. But, as he said in his exclusive interview with The Orange County Register, “Y’all never seen anybody like me”.
So, the question remains: Is LeBron James the greatest of all time? We’ll let you be the judge. Join us as we take a deep dive into the GOAT debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan and explore the evidence for and against each player’s claim to the title.