Skip to main content

Bob Knight explains why LeBron James is not even close to Michael Jordan

jordan & lebron

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? The infamous GOAT debate has been one of the most heated, controversial, and constant discussions with the clash of modern and old-school NBA fans presenting arguments why their guy is the best basketball player ever. There isn't a fan, analyst, coach, former or current player that hasn't stated their opinion on this topic, but when one of the most notorious coaches in history, Bob Knight, shares his views, you have to listen.

Knight is probably the most recognizable college coach ever, achieving legendary status at the University of Indiana and being known widely for his very loud, demanding, and strict coaching style. His demeanor didn't make him many friends, but it brought wins. He also led the 1984 USA Olympic Team, where he had the chance to coach a young Michael Jordan and see first-hand what kind of talent is brewing there.

Knight shared his opinion on the LeBron-Jordan comparison and shared why he thinks Michael was simply the best by far in an interview from 2017:

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

"The best guy to ever play the game is Michael Jordan, don't even think about anybody else. Not even close. Because he was just better than anybody, he was smarter, he was tougher, he won more...having Michael play on our Olympic team was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with him on a team,"

Bob Knight, via Wane 15 News

Knight also went on to make a difference between the best player and the most valuable player, saying Jordan was the best, but Bill Russell is the most valuable because of all the championships he brought to Boston. Knight falls in line with most of the coaches and players from that era that have no doubts about Jordan being the best ever, but as more younger generations get to watch LeBron throughout his career, the number of his supporters is rising. Will it be big enough one day that it has more supporters than Jordan? We will just have to wait and see. One is for sure; both of those greats will always be on the top of the list when it comes to GOAT conversation.

LeBron is entering his 19th NBA season, and although he's not in his prime anymore, James has a few more good years at the highest level. So, while we're all anxiously awaiting the NBA season to start, don’t forget about NBA betting and other Virginia sportsbook action! Because with Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook accompanying him, LeBron might win a few more chips before hanging up his boots.


Draymond Green had a huge blunt station at his wedding

No wonder LeBron, Curry, Tatum, and numerous other NBA stars had such a great time at Draymond's wedding.


Skip Bayless takes a dig at Bronny James' monster dunk: "Your dad would have done it better!"

It seems like Skip is planting seeds to hate on the next generation of LeBron James and his family.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye

“Everyone loves this conversation, but stop it, because the things that you judge it by is never the same.” — Channing Frye hates the GOAT debate

Frye explains why Shaquille O'Neal's percieved value has depreciated over time because of the GOAT conversation.

Michigan State Spartans center Anthony Ianni and forward Draymond Green

Why ex-teammate Anthony Ianni calls his friendship with Draymond Green a blessing in disguise

A great story explaining why Draymond is beloved by teammates, despite his abrasive character.

Golden State Warriors head coach Keith Smart instructs point guard Stephen Curry

“He didn't believe that much in Steph and would bench him a lot” — Jeremy Lin opens up about the rocky relationship between Steph Curry and his former coach Keith Smart

During Steph's second year in the league, he was often yelled at, benched during the 4th quarter, and reprimanded by his former coach, Keith Smart.

Paul Westhead, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers

“When you try to reign in a 22-year-old elite athlete from pushing himself to be his best, you’re going to get conflict.” — Kareem weighs in on the Magic vs. Westhead issue

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked down memory lane and shared his take on the issue between Magic Johnson and Paul Westhead back in the day.