“He Takes a Back Seat to No One.”: Legendary NBA Broadcaster Mike Breen on LeBron James vs Michael Jordan GOAT Debate

Published 12/22/2021, 9:05 AM EST
Dec 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and Michael Jordan are two players that will forever be tied together for better or for worse. The GOAT debate has been instilled in the history of the NBA as deep as their legacy, And when LBJ won his fourth title, the discussion grew louder and louder. Of course, there are also some people who still believe that the two players, shouldn’t be compared. because they belong to different generations.

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One of those people is Mike Breen, commentator for NBA on ABC. He has been witness to plenty of iconic NBA moments to have an opinion on the matter. The Hall of Famer NBA announcer appeared on the latest episode of the Rex Chapman Show and was asked about his take on LeBron James.

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LeBron James is a fighter

Mike explained how the spotlight on Bron has been there even before he joined the league. And that despite his ups and downs, the pressure and the expectations of being the best did not weigh him down. Unfortunately, Breen also believes that his achievements will never be enough because of being painted as the villain when he left for the Miami Heat.

Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters

Finally, he spoke about the comparison between Michael Jordan and him. “I don’t believe in comparing great players from different eras to say he was the greatest, he was the greatest. I think it’s a completely futile thing to do. But he takes a backseat to no one. The fact that every single year, year after year, his team is there, ready to compete for a championship in today’s NBA is so difficult to do,” been added.

“And he might never get the full notice from 100% of the people. But I always feel that people that really know the game and understand the game and what the ultimate goal is for the game. He takes a backseat to no one.”

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Will winning as many championships as Michael Jordan be enough?

(Original Caption) Michael Jordan, forward for the Chicago Bulls, holding a basketball in the locker room.

The biggest reason that people think Bron will never reach the same pedestal as Jordan, is because he doesn’t have enough championships. However, the hatred against him is so strong that even if he managed to pull off winning two titles in the short span that he has left in the league, he will continue to be belittled.

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As unfair as it is, it is the way the league works. Changing a disgruntled fans’ opinion is as difficult as him attempting to win 2 more titles. The latter might even be more likely. However, as Breen pointed out, what he does deserve credit for, is his resilience and that’s why he will be a 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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