The LeBron James-Michael Jordan comparisons have become such a standard topic of discussion in the NBA world that it's hard to come up with any new arguments or takes why one is better than the other. But the recent All-Star weekend and ceremony of the 75 Greatest players in NBA history gave us a chance to see these two legends together once again, sparking the debate back on. Even LeBron, himself, during an interview over the weekend, made his case for being the GOAT.
One of a kind ceremony
Seeing so many legends of the game in one place was a sight to see for every NBA fan, but when MJ turned up, last-second, everybody's eyes shifted to the Bulls legend. Jordan was in a great mood, hugging everybody, laughing, challenging guys to a 1-on-1, and more, but what everybody wanted to see was the interaction between MJ and LeBron.
And boy, it was all love.
Even though the two have been eternally linked and rivaled with each other, it's evident that they still share that mutual respect and admiration for each other's games. Of course, their fans will always make cases for their guys, put them up against each other, and fight for the acknowledgment of their GOAT status, but at the end of their day, we just have to appreciate their greatness. After all, both MJ and LBJ consider themselves to be the greatest basketball player of all time, and no one can change that in their eyes.
LeBron shares what made him the GOAT
While doing an interview with Kenny Smith ahead of the All-Star weekend, LeBron touched on the subject of the GOAT discussion and explained why he feels he is the greatest of all time:
"If we are talking from a basketball standpoint. At that moment(2016 Finals), I was like, 'I'm the greatest basketball player that people have ever seen in all facets.' I can play 1 through 5, I can guard 1 through 5, just like I literally did something that's never been done in the history of the sport. Teams that go down 3-1 were like 0-32 in finals history. There's nobody ever coming out of that. And nobody gave us a chance. That just felt like, 'Ain't nobody better than me at this.'"
LeBron James, NBA On TNT
We all know how LeBron made it known after coming back from 3-1 to beat the Golden State Warriors that he is the greatest basketball player of all time. And LeBron is still holding true to his opinion. In his eyes, that made him the GOAT, seeing himself as a complete basketball player that has done something never seen in the NBA before.
Of course, a lot of fans would disagree, considering how many haters he has out there, but you know that doesn't matter in LeBron's eyes. Being compared to Michael Jordan is a feat by itself and incredibly impressive, especially after seeing the NBA's 75 ceremony and how many incredible players there have been through the 75 years. But only a selected few can be mentioned in the GOAT debate.