Former NBA All-Star Picks Michael Jordan as GOAT But Lauds LeBron James For His Achievements

Published 03/24/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA community is filled with debates, both from the past and the present. How about a cross-timeline comparison? Well, that happens too, and the biggest of them all is the comparison between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. What does former player Dan Majerle have to say about it? 

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There is a huge flaw when one discusses the greatness of Michael Jordan and LeBron James. A person who saw Jordan play in the 80s and the 90s will definitely say that the Chicago Bulls legend is the greatest ever. 

“When I was coaching that was a big conversation with our recruits because they’re they’ve grown up LeBron fans and I’m a Michael Jordan fan,” Majerle said. 

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Feb 24, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Majerle played in the NBA from 1988-2002 and has squared off against Jordan a fair number of times. However, there is another end to that spectrum. People born in the 2000s, or fans who began following the game during LeBron James’ peak have just one answer, and you know what it is! 

Dan Majerle has respect for LeBron James, but will never betray Michael Jordan

Every mature basketball fan would learn to respect these two great athletes. MJ and LeBron might be two athletes from different timelines, but they’ve had a similar impact on the game. The league is now global, thanks to stars like Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and James. 

As for Dan Majerle, he understands the legacy that LeBron James has built over the years. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar had to overcome immense adversity as a youngster to get to where he is now.

“So you’re never going to get me off that Michael Jordan’s the best and I still think he is, but if LeBron continues to do what he’s doing at this age and at the clip that he’s doing it, I don’t think there’s going to be a conversation.”

“I think he’s going to have to be the best because he’s been able to do what’s it 18 years or something? It’s unbelievable and he just keeps going he keeps getting better,” Majerle said about LeBron James

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But old habits die hard, don’t they? 

“The guy’s 6’8” about 260. The guy’s huge. Michael was my size, 6’6”, 220 or whatever. But with LeBron doing it that size it’s amazing, but to me, Jordan will always be the best,” Majerle asserted. 

This is just going to be a never-ending topic. There is never going to be an undisputed GOAT in basketball, but fans are free to express their views. Who do you think is the greatest? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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