“We Will Never See Another Him” – Dwyane Wade Disregards NBA GOAT Debate Between LeBron James & Michael Jordan

Published 10/25/2020, 4:00 PM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James holds up four fingers after winning his fourth NBA championship after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The ‘Greatest of All Time’ debate in basketball will never reach a conclusion. People will continue to debate about Michael Jordan and LeBron James for a long time. At least, until some player emerges in the NBA and usurps them both in terms of play and legacy.

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Jordan vs LeBron

The fanatics of Jordan argue that MJ popularized basketball all over the world. The way he played in his time made him an icon, not just a sporting figure. His iconography has become a billion-dollar brand. Whereas, on the court, Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls in eight years and had two three-peats. He won five MVP titles, a defensive player of the year award, and six Finals MVP. Jordan never lost in an NBA Finals, and never went to a game seven in an NBA Finals series.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 12: In this handout image provided by Jordan Brand, Michael Jordan paid a visit to Palais 23 this afternoon on Friday June 12, Joined by his frequent partners-in-design Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, key figures in the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan, Jordan has returned to Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of 1985’s Air Jordan One. Palais 23 is a spectacular tribute to the shoes, moments, designs and artifacts that have shaped the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan. (Photo by Jordan Brand via Getty Images)

For the fans of LeBron James, the argument is harder to make. James went to the Miami Heat in 2010 to form a super team with his friends Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Even when he finally got the help he wanted, he collapsed in the 2011 NBA Finals. But he then went back-to-back with the Heat.

The biggest point that James’ fans make is the 2016 NBA Championship, where James led his Cavaliers team back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. This had never been done in the history of the NBA Finals and hasn’t been done since.

Dwyane Wade doesn’t think GOAT debate matters

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For James’ supporters, the fact that he is the only player to win four Finals MVP with three different franchises, playing against some of the greatest teams ever made, is the defining factor for James. Aside from this, James is a four-time NBA MVP and a 13-time NBA All-Star.

Dwyane Wade, a former teammate of James, has suggested that the GOAT debate is overshadowing James’s present greatness. He said that people should appreciate how unique James’s talent is and not debate.

“When we talk about the GOAT conversations, it doesn’t matter who is the GOAT. He (James) is one-of-one, we will never see another him, we will never see another him, we will never see another Jordan, we will never see another Kareem. No one will ever win 11 championships like Bill Russell. Or I think. Maybe one day somebody will win 12.”

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James is coming off a legacy-defining title run that ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, and a fourth Finals MVP for him.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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