LeBron James and Michael Jordan have been pitted against each other for years. However, the noise has gotten a whole lot louder after LeBron won his fourth championship, with the Lakers winning 4-2 over the Miami Heat. James was awarded his fourth career Finals MVP trophy. Along with that, he became the first man to win the award for three teams.
While LeBron is still stacking his resume, his most common comparison comes with a man that retired a season before he debuted. That is Michael Jordan. MJ is 6-0 in the NBA Finals, and that will forever be held against LeBron, as he is 4-6.
Despite the 4-6 record, Detroit Pistons legend Isaiah Thomas picks LeBron as the basketball G.O.A.T. While his choice could be motivated by personal dislike, it is a valid argument. An argument that he felt the need to emphasize on Twitter.
I as a elder in the basketball community recognize and credit the “evolution” of our #nba sport. I share my knowledge, experience and education with all @KingJames @kaj33 #Goat Status #on and #off the floor. Let it be known! https://t.co/PH998VpyuH
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) October 18, 2020
Isaiah Thomas name-dropped LeBron and Kareem Abdul Jabbar as the greatest, but MJ still was off his list. Their rivalry in the late 80s and early 90s was iconic, as Detroit won two titles over MJ’s Bulls’, before MJ came back to knock them out for his NBA title.
LeBron James: Benefitting from bias?
In terms of what Isaiah thinks, there is obvious bias involved. Thomas has a distinct dislike for Jordan, and that goes both ways. There are countless stories of the hate between the pair. While Thomas had his share of wins over Jordan, Jordan got the last laugh in the rivalry.
Thomas may select LeBron James because of a personal bias against MJ, but that doesn’t make his argument empty. LeBron has stacked up a resume that anyone claiming to be the ‘GOAT’ should have. The issue is, MJ was such a towering figure in basketball that it is hard to unseat him.
While the majority may continue to rock with Jordan, there is a lot of support for LeBron in this discussion. His career isn’t over yet, so let’s see what his twilight brings us.