Before Officially Joining Michael Jordan’s $150 Million NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace Made His Loyalties Clear Between Him & LeBron James

Published 10/02/2022, 2:47 PM EDT

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are arguably put on a pedestal amongst other basketball players. And that’s for good reason, with both drivers being pitted against each other as the greatest players of all time constantly. And although everyone has their own pick for the GOAT, Bubba Wallace just declared his.

This was even before he went to 23XI Racing.


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Back in September 2020, before Wallace announced his big team shift over to Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing, he gave an interview on the Carlos Watson Show. In that interview, Watson put him on the spot with a rapid-fire round, where he said one name, and the driver had to reply with the first name that comes to his head.

Carlos Watson started with, “I say LeBron, you say what?” Now, he was probably expecting him to call him the Greatest of All Time. However, Wallace replied, “I say MJ.”

It seems the driver has come to his conclusion of that comparison, as he said Jordan’s name when the host took LeBron’s name, both of which qualify to be the GOAT.

Fortunately, Wallace got a shot to race in Jordan’s team after declaring his loyalty to him. And he sure is happy.

What does Bubba Wallace think of Michael Jordan?

Of course, Wallace joining $150 Million NASCAR Team 23XI Racing was a big stepping stone for the driver. In fact, he was the first driver for Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan’s venture.

Naturally, he’s quite happy to have a loss like Jordan.

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, shares a laugh with NBA legend MIchael Jordan during the NBA All-Star game in Cleveland, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

He said, “So we didn’t really have to teach him much. We had to help him get a better understanding for things but it’s been a lot of fun working with him and his team getting everybody’s feet underneath themselves to make sure we’re all doing this right way.”


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“There are so many people involved that we could be here all day thanking them. But it’s cool having M.J.—one of the biggest names in the world—that I’m associated with. I definitely don’t take that for granted.”

He is quite thankful for the opportunity, too, “M.J. stepping up in a way that he did for me has been—you know, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank him enough.”

“Just this opportunity this year and moving forward. He gave me an opportunity to shine and put my best foot forward.”


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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is a NASCAR and F1 Writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. When the Stock Cars rev up, you can find him cheering Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, in hopes of seeing one of them drive to the Victory Lane.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh