Former NBA Player Believes LeBron James Isn’t as Aggressive Offensively as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Published 05/27/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts as he walks off the court in the closing seconds of the game against the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and now LeBron James find themselves switching spots in the GOAT debate too often. The comparisons set between Michael and Kobe have been quite similar on the grounds of their skillset. But, LeBron came up with his own to be placed parallel to some greats in the league.

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These star players have multiple championships to their name, Michael with 6, Kobe with 5, and LeBron still on the go with 4. However, analysts and players have expressed a totally different feeling when narrating MJ’s game. It’s like he has created magic, and nobody’s been better than him ever since.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant looks to shoot past the Cavaliers’ LeBron James during their 120-108 loss to Cleveland at Staples Center Thursday night. | Courtesy: Getty Images

Michael Jordan rules the GOAT rankings to date

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Former NBA player, Jim Jackson, has been a part of all eras, be it MJ, Kobe, or LeBron. Moreover, he faced all three of them in matchups as well. When asked about how he would rank the greatest players on the recent episode of ‘Dan Patrick Show ‘ he had his choices in place.

“I’d say Mike No.1. Just for the sheer fact that Mike, offensively and defensively, the way he attacked in multiple positions where you can put him. And, he was very efficient,” Jim said

LeBron James is a methodical player

Talking about aggressiveness, he added, “Now, LeBron is very efficient, but LeBron won’t be as aggressive offensively. Mike was always like that Kobe was like that.

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“LeBron is so methodical in this thing, the mindset was like Magic [Johnson]. ‘Okay, Imma beat you with this, and if I get it going from here I’m fine.’ Would Mike beat you from the 3-point line back in the day? No, not really. But, free-throw line, he’d get to his spots, and he really didn’t take bad shots.”

Well, all GOAT debates end on, ‘Michael and Kobe were something else,’ and that’s how Jim concluded it. It’s not about LeBron James‘ inabilities; it’s about what mentality Kobe and Jordan played with during their days on the court.

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While the Lakers’ star has surely dominated the league in recent years, MJ and Kobe top the list for most of them.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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