LeBron James has always remained in the debate of greats and is always compared to the legendary Michael Jordan. The two players are mentioned as the greatest players of all time ever to play the game. But people could never determine who among them holds the top spot. As far as the debate goes, it is almost impossible to put one above another as they both played at different times. Even after that, the fans compare their stats to settle the debate.
There is no doubt that Michael Jordan revolutionized the game on and off the game. He is even the most popular athlete of all time. People love his underdog story that he was not selected for his college team and then went on to become the greatest basketball player. Even his sneakers changed the way people used to look at shoes. A pair with his branding is one of the most expensive shoes in the market from Nike Air Jordan. However, the great MJ accepted defeat by LeBron James on one occasion. Keep reading to find out what His Airness said about his debate fellow great.
Michael Jordan Sure Of LeBron James\’ Legacy In NBA
In an interview in 2017 with Marvin R. Shanken, Jordan talked about various aspects of his life. It included everything about his personal, professional, and off-court conversations. The interviewer then asked about winning the most popular athlete award from Michael. He underlined that he was the youngest among the other top three. In the same conversation, the six-time champ added LeBron James and said that he might beat him to the award after 20 years.
Undoubtedly King James is one of the most famous athletes and one of the best in the game as well. The 37-year-old small forward has millions and millions of followers on his social media handles. The former Cavaliers player has 139 million followers on Instagram and 52 million on Twitter to add to his worldwide popularity. On the other hand, Jordan does not have any social media accounts that would prove his popularity in numbers. But till then, LeBron James remains one of the most famous basketball athletes.
Michael Jordan Includes Larry Bird As His Greatest, Not LeBron
Although Michael gets bashed by everyone after replying with Larry Bird, he was the best small forward for Jordan. However, MJ made a claim in the year of 2009 when James was still rising. But even then, the six-time NBA Finals MVP got interrupted to let him know that LeBron James also plays as a Small Forward.
People who used to ask these questions don\’t believe that he did not put LeBron James in the conversation. But according to the former Bulls legend, Larry was the debate, and he still is. Since then, LeBron has made it quite clear who owns the court when he plays. And even at the age of 37, James averages 27 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.2 steals.