Former Cavaliers Teammate of LeBron James Shockingly Picks Michael Jordan Over Him in GOAT Debate

Published 12/20/2021, 10:15 PM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


There is no doubt that when LeBron James’ career comes to its inevitable end, it will be deemed as one of the most iconic careers that the NBA has ever seen. And because of all that he has accomplished in his 17-year journey, he really is worthy of being a part of the GOAT debate. While some believe that he has already surpassed Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time, that’s not the opinion a former teammate of LBJ holds. In fact, he thinks that the Chicago Bulls and MJ are at a pedestal that nobody else can climb up to.

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Iman Shumpert sides with Michael Jordan in the GOAT debate

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The former Cleveland Cavaliers NBA champion, Iman Shumpert appeared on the ‘Bootleg Kev’ podcast, where they discussed the most obvious topics of them all. Instead of choosing LeBron James, the man who led him and the Cavs to a title in 2016, he picked MJ as the GOAT.

On being simply asked, who’s the GOAT? Is it MJ? “Yeah!” said Shumpert shyly. “Like I said, LeBron, you my dog. Me and Bron have been in arguments about this though.”

Right after this, a question springs up. whether Bron takes all of this as seriously as the others do. Iman revealed, “Bron laughs at that sh*t bro. He’s in the conversation, why the f*ck does he care? He’s getting compared to Michael Jordan.”

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There is no way LeBron James could beat MJ one on one?

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

However, Shumpert also talked about what he would do if he was in LeBron’s position, to put an end to the discussion, once and for all. “Me personally, I would be like Mike gotta play me one on one. F*ck all that. We streaming this sh*t. Because for real, I low key think Mike’s so competition bro! Mike could come out of retirement right now to play one-on-one,” he explained.

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But when Kevin implied that this one-on-one battle will lead to Michael Jordan losing, Shumpert seriously got offended. In fact, Kevin went as far as saying that Bron has had more difficult opponents in the finals that MJ, which had Iman losing it. It showed what a die-hard fan he is of Jordan. He may have played with the Okran-kid, but his loyalty lies with Bulls legend.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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