Former NBA Champion Believes LeBron James Can Surpass Michael Jordan in GOAT Debate on One Condition

Published 01/13/2021, 10:34 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the dominant LA Lakers to their 17th NBA title last season. However, many fans believed that the Lakers had an easy path to that ring as most of the competition was eliminated early in the postseason.

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Regardless of that, LBJ won the 4th ring of his career and strengthened his credentials in the perennial GOAT debate. With a string of victories, James and the Lakers have established themselves as strong favorites in the 2020-21 season as well.

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However, with James Harden forming a Big 3 with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving after the recent mega trade, the common belief is that Lakers’ championship window has closed. It could be true to some extent, but LeBron has proved time and time again that he can overcome hardships in his quest for an NBA title.

Kendrick Perkins talks about the impact of James Harden’s trade on LeBron James and the Lakers

NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins has always been known to uphold James as the GOAT. He is back with a pretty good reason for why LBJ could become the undisputed GOAT this season. Perkins said:

I don’t need to be convinced that Bron is the GOAT, it’s stamped. But if this Nets team can make it out the East and Bron takes care of them, he’s the undisputed GOAT. Beating 2 super teams today is greater than 6-0 in the 90s.  Carry on..”

If LBJ wins another ring this season, it will be the 5th of his career. However, if he can bag that against the Eastern juggernauts, its value will be amplified. Regardless of the outcome, if the two sides face off, it will be a memorable matchup.

Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Which team is better?

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Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Harden trade, the Brooklyn Nets have one of the strongest starting 5s in the league. Their team will be spearheaded by Harden, Irving, and Durant. But if there is one flaw that we can point out, it will be their average defense.

On the other hand, the Lakers are making their bread and butter on the defensive end of the court. Along with a strong defense, they have a deep bench that can hold the fort until their superstars catch a breath.

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Keeping everything in mind, as of now, the LA Lakers look like the better team. But we will get a clearer picture once we see the Nets’ Big 3 in action.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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