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With the streak over, there is one question that's been on my mind for the last couple of years.
Assuming both players are in there prime and you were forming a brand new NBA team and you could pick just one... Who would you take?
Myself, I am leaning so very little towards Jordan... and only because of the rings.
Edit: there is and were a ton of great players, not just these 2, just for the argument who would you take?
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by ponzie 13 months ago
Jordan is the best I have ever seen in my 32 years on this earth. Not taking away from some of the other greats (Bird, Magic, Olajuwan, Shaq, Kobe, Duncan, Malone, etc) but MJ never seemed to disappoint in the playoffs/finals. Can't say that for the others.
Choose a team at or near the bottom of the standings (say Charlotte) and project LeBron and Jordan onto that team. Which could carry that team? I say Lebron could. Jordan would need more support players, IMO (see LeBron/Cavs and Jordan/Bulls) Could Jordan have taken those Cavs to the NBA finals the way LeBron did? No. Could LeBron have won the championships Michael did with the Bulls? Hell yes.
Im not sure who Jordon is.
As far as Jordan goes he is still the greatest ever. Period! LBJ could be better but he has a lot of work to do to be considered the greatest ever. Dont forget MJ has been done playing for a while and is STILL a global icon. LBJ is not on that level yet
the rings argument is 100% ignorant, teams win them, not 1 player.
LeBron all day.
Jordan is the obvious answer right now. However, it's not clear LeBron is in his prime yet.
Physically, James is the most gifted basketball player I've ever seen, but he has not shown he can be the closer that Jordan was.
Cleveland Orchestra Baby!! World's greatest!! The Brown's wet dream is to be them. The Ohio State University-Where the Illibuck Lives!
I'm not a big fan of Jordon.
Now Jordan on the other hand....
"Playing here is the closest thing to heaven on earth..." - Brian Rolle
Jordan--best there ever was, or will be. Not only was he the best offensive player of his era, he was the best defensive player as well. Had he not had his quixotic baseball career, the Bulls would have likely beaten the Celtics streak of consecutive championships. That is extraordinary in the post-Curt Flood world of professional sports.
Lebron is a better facilitator than Jordan. Jordan was also a locker room problem. Punched a teammate. People forget about that. His teammates were not crazy about him
Respectfully, it's Jordan and it's not even close.
Both remarkable talents and good choices in their own right, but I would go with Jordan because of his competitiveness and burning desire to win. Jordan was exceptional in his competitiveness as well.
They won 6 titles. How much of a problem could he have been????
who wins a game to 10? I say 7 of those 10 games Lebron wins. I take Lebron. I thought I would never see another player who could take over a game like Jordan. I was wrong. I will give Jordan this...no one I've seen has ever had the swag that he had.
north till ya smell it, west till ya step in it.
Well maybe Jordan got his point across then. He did go on to win 6 titles not special or anything but ya kno pretty good. :)
First off, in today's NBA, Jordan would be even more dominant. Any of you remember what the Pistons and Knicks use to be allowed to do to him? Not possible today. You couldn't even hand check today like they could back then and frankly the players now, while maybe more athletic, are noticeably worse fundamentally. (I actually blame Jordan for this, sorta. All those kids trying to be swing players "like Mike")
More importantly though, never ever in my 37 years of life and sports fandom have I ever seen an athlete that from a mental perspective so dominated his peers at the highest level. Other elite stars, refs, coaches etc. All nervous nellies in his presence. You always knew Jordan would prevail. And when you looked at the faces of those guys, Magic in 91, Drexler, Malone and Stockton, Barkley, Payton etc etc, you could see they were intimidated on the court. Lebron is amazing, but not the same. Maybe he can get there but I just don't see it. Jordan would have never left the Bulls to go to a better team that would make it easier for him to win a title. His airness would have been extremely offended by that notion. It would have driven him to prove he didn't need to do that. And not driven him just once, but over and over and over.
Its really not even close at all. IMO.
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