‘I Don’t Think LeBron Can Catch Him’: NBA Analyst Details Why Michael Jordan is the GOAT Over LeBron James

Published 12/20/2020, 4:00 AM CST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The GOAT conversation has been an ongoing debate for several years now. While many regard Michael Jordan as the best ever, there are tons of fans who believe LeBron James can one day surpass him. But how far is LeBron from overtaking Jordan as the greatest player of all time?

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LBJ has a chance to win the fifth ring of his career this season, and the 2021 championship, will further shorten the gap between him and Jordan.

Who is the GOAT for NBA analyst Max Kellerman?

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Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Max Kellerman gave his insight on possibly the biggest argument in NBA history. He was asked if a fifth ring will make LeBron James the undisputed GOAT in the league.

No, LeBron’s already got the career argument it’s either him or Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]. And I think in the pros, in the NBA considering how LeBron is still playing at his age, it’s LeBron. Peak is [Michael] Jordan. And I don’t see where LeBron will elevate his peak over Jordan’s.”

Max then explained the true definition of a player who is eligible to become a GOAT.

When we talk about greatest guys, I don’t we just mean add up all the winshares by the end of the career… Nor do I think it’s just a guy who had one season…We’re talking about a guy who’s prime, who concentrated the highest level of performance over a significant number of years.

“… Every time you gave, here Jordan here’s an All-Star, he won the finals in under 7 games. And put up numbers of the likes we’ve never seen. And was an all-world defender. He’s the greatest of all-time, I don’t think LeBron can catch him.”

Max made an extremely valid point about Jordan’s peak being higher than LeBron. During their respective peaks, Jordan was indeed the best player the world had ever seen.

Can LeBron James ever catch up with Michael Jordan?

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Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and forward LeBron James (23) watch game action against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Longevity is the biggest point in favor of LeBron when he is brought up in the GOAT conversation. However, his versatility to play multiple positions is something that is overlooked various times.

Regardless, LBJ still has a few years left in the tank. He might win two more rings to at least equal the number of rings MJ won in his career. Maybe then, James will have a chance to overtake Michael Jordan as the GOAT.

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What are your thoughts on the GOAT conversation? Is it LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Let us know your views in the comments section down below.

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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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