Lakers Legend Magic Johnson Unwilling to Place LeBron James at Par with Michael Jordan Just Yet

Published 10/12/2020, 4:26 PM EDT
Miami, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gives an interview after defeating the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James won the 4th championship of his illustrious career and the 1st with the Los Angeles Lakers. He burst the bubble of not being able to dominate the Western Conference.

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James was criticized throughout his career for playing in the weak East, but finally that narrative can be put to rest as well. Moreover, LBJ won his 4th Finals MVP along with the championship. James has now become the first player in NBA history to win Finals MVP for three different teams.

These recent accolades have left us wondering, how can LBJ surpass Michael Jordan as the GOAT? Lakers legend Magic Johnson believes another ring will close the gap between the two all-time greats.

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I think LeBron James is well on his way. If he wins one more, Michael and him gonna be right there together because it’s hard to say that he’s not the greatest of all time with Michael…

“But this young man [LeBron James] has meant so much to struggling franchise, like we [Lakers] were struggling, but now we’re back because of LeBron James.”

If LBJ manages to win another ring with the Lakers, it will certainly bolster his case for the GOAT race. Moreover, LeBron James and the Lakers have a chance to repeat their glory come 2021.

Can LeBron James carry the Lakers to a repeat?

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a play against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back in his Miami Heat days, the Big-3 won back-to-back championships. However, LBJ is a much different player right now and is nearing retirement as well.

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If James continues to maintain himself as he has done throughout this year, a 5th ring doesn’t seem like a far-fetched dream.

In addition, the Lakers have a second superstar in Anthony Davis, who had a fantastic first year with the Los Angeles based franchise. If the duo decides to stay together for the next few years, winning the 5th ring should not be an issue.

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But what do you think? Will the 5th ring help LeBron James to close the gap between him and MJ?

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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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