When LeBron James Admitted Michael Jordan Was The GOAT on His Birthday

Published 02/17/2021, 1:22 AM EST
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – JULY 20: Five-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan smokes a cigar after hitting to the seventh green during the RBC Canadian Open’s Mike Weir Charity Classic Pro-Am at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 20, 2009 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)


Six-time NBA champion, Michael Jordan, celebrates his 58th birthday today. Such occasions have always got the best (or worst) out of fans, and a few fans on Twitter dug up an iconic tweet from LeBron James when he wished Jordan on his birthday in 2012.

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In the birthday wish tweet, LeBron called Jordan his idol and ended the tweet by calling him the GOAT. Most of the replies are current-day tweets from LeBron fans asking him to delete this tweet since they feel it is embarrassing. LeBron and Jordan are at the fore of all GOAT debates, and this tweet shows what LeBron feels on the matter.

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But one has to remember that at the time of that tweet, LeBron was 27 and had a 0-2 Finals record. That is nowhere near GOAT numbers. It would have been absurd for any fan back then to say LeBron was better than Jordan.

Will the LeBron James vs Michael Jordan GOAT debate ever end?

Since that tweet, LeBron has now won four rings, has a total of 10 NBA Finals appearances, and four MVPs. Those are insane numbers, but they still aren’t enough to convince most fans that he is greater than Jordan.

The argument can go on for days, but as Jordan rightfully said a few years ago, calling someone the GOAT is just disrespectful to all the other great players who have played the game.

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

LeBron still has a few years left in his NBA career, so there is a chance that he can rightfully claim that title. But he still has a long way to go for it. The competition for him is only getting tougher, and he has a lot to do before he can be called the GOAT by most of the fans.

58 years of greatness for Jordan

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It has been 18 years since Jordan’s final retirement, but his endless achievements are still on every NBA fan’s lips. His impeccable Finals record, his five MVP awards, and his ten scoring titles are just a reminder of his greatness.

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)

Not only did MJ rack up the accolades, but he also revolutionized the game. Very few have had an impact as he did during his playing career.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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