By Veejai Ashbey
When I hear people, whether on ESPN, NBA TV, or the general public debate on the topic of Michael Jordan vs Lebron James, it really makes me question their basketball knowledge.
Now, James, wearing the number 23 in Cleveland, doing Jordan’s chalk toss intro, and tattooing Chosen One on his back, brought much of this upon himself.
Theres no argument over who the best player in the NBA today is, and that’s LeBron, but if we’re talking greatest of all time, then there’s no doubting that the winner is MJ.
Just based on some startling facts, there’s just no way LeBron could ever be better that Jordan. The most obvious, and the most important is NBA Finals performance. In Jordan’s career he made it to the Finals six times, won all six, and never got taken to a game 7.
Needless to say, he did all of this while averaging 34 PPG, 6 APG, & 6 RPG.
LeBron’s Finals appearances weren’t nearly as prosperous as MJ’s. In 2007, James was surrounded by arguably the worst team to ever make it to the Finals and got swept miserably by the Spurs.
After The Decision and all of the media backlash that followed, James went back to the Finals in 2011 and was the favorite to win it all. But when he turned into the ‘Frozen One’ averaging only a meager 2.2 points in 4th quarters, the Heat were put away in six games by the Mavericks.
Jordan on the other hand was the definition of a clutch athlete, never shrinking when the spotlight was at its brightest.
The last 45 seconds in game 6 of the 1998 Finals to me, epitomizes what the heart of a champion truly is. Sure, LeBron finally got the monkey off his back and won a title this past year in incredible fashion, but it doesn’t cover up the fact that he lost, twice, while MJ never lost at all. This alone stands to prove my point that LeBron and MJ just aren’t one the same planet. James is a physical specimen, and I’d consider him one of the top 10 players of all time, but he’ll never touch MJ as the best ever.