Patrick Mahomes Finally Gives His Verdict on the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James GOAT Debate

Published 02/06/2023, 5:08 AM EST

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Patrick Mahomes is already fighting to be the next great quarterback in the league after the widely considered G.O.A.T Tom Brady announced his retirement from professional football. However, recently, Pat was burdened with the heavy task of determining another long-drawn debate in the NBA World: the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate.

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Mahomes laid to rest the NBA G.O.A.T. debate with his final verdict on the issue. And let’s say, the fearless Chiefs quarterback took a very neutral route to arrive at his decision. Moreover, both contenders- MJ and LeBron will be happy with his vote.

Patrick Mahomes went the diplomatic way

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The Kansas City Chiefs QB has cemented himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the league since his arrival in 2017. However, Mahomes also has high school basketball experience under his belt. And when he was asked about his NBA G.O.A.T. preference, Patrick took the neutral way out.

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Oh man, that’s a tough one. My dad used to have me watch documentaries on DVD of Michael Jordan and his classic games. So. If I had to take one for a game or an entire series, I would take Michael Jordan. But for a full, entire season, I would go with LeBron because he can do a little bit of everything,” Mahomes answered.

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Maybe King James overtaking Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the most NBA Points scored will change Mahomes’ opinion in the future. But for now, he wants to stay in friendly territory.

MJ and Mahomes are pretty similar in competitiveness

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Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in the divisional round fixture against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, after going through some x-ray checks, Mahomes returned to the field in the third and fourth quarters. And scored an impressive touchdown with a wounded ankle.

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And this reminded the sporting world of a very familiar incident back from the 90s Chicago Bulls dynasty. Michael Jordan also played through a ‘flu’ and won a crucial NBA Finals Game against the Utah Jazz in what is now commonly described as the ‘Flu Game’.

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MJ still leads in the rings category with six in the bag, compared to Mahomes’ one. However, the Warrior Chief will try to gain one more this week in Arizona. Mahomes and his trusted weapon, Travis Kelce, will face the daunting Philadelphia Eagles for the Lombardi trophy.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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