Snoop Dogg is an avid NBA fan who’s been watching the league ever since the late ’70s, early ’80s, which means he saw quite a lot of basketball in his life so far. He is also known for being real when discussing different NBA related topics. In a recent interview with Jemele Hill, he talked about the difference between Michael Jordan and LeBron James and what makes them unique players in NBA history.
Obviously, it’s hard to compare them because they played in different eras in which different rules applied. Snoop thinks Jordan played in a more aggressive era in which competition was fierce with a lot of physical play that we don’t see in the NBA today.
That is hard to say because they never played in the same era and never played against the same competition. If you look at what Jordan did, he played in an era where basketball was really hard and aggressive, and it wasn’t a lot of fouls called, and he had to grow up against the beast in the east and the west. The competition was a bit more aggressive, so you gotta give him respect for winning six, getting six MVP’s and doing it in a time that was unheard of.Snoop Dogg, via Jemele Hill
Snoop also has a lot of respect for LeBron because of his ability to take three different teams to championships, which no other players could do. On top of that, his ability to be the main driving force on both ends of the floor is something that separates him from everybody else in the league. Especially when you take into account, he’s been doing this for a decade, making it to 9 straight NBA finals.
When you think about LeBron James and he going to three organizations, mainly organizations that were terrible and weren’t probably going to the playoffs, and then, after going to the finals and winning the finals in a two-year period is amazing. Doing it from the standpoint of being the head force of getting them there and winning it and being a driving force on offense and defense.Snoop Dogg, via Jemele Hill
Interestingly enough, Snoop also said he always considered Magic to be a better player than Jordan. Of course, Snoop is subjective simply because he is a Lakers fan, but he did say what in his mind makes Magic a better player is that he came in as a rookie and took over games. He remembered the finals against the Sixers when Magic replaced Kareem as the starting center and had a huge game with 42 points that secured his first out of five championships with the Lakers.
They are both GOAT’s in their own rights, but for me, Magic Johnson was always higher than Michael Jordan because I’m a Laker, and I saw what Magic did when he first came to the league. Jordan was good in his rookie season, but he wasn’t that good.Snoop Dogg, via Jemele Hill
Surprisingly enough, everything Snoop said about comparisons between Jordan and LeBron makes sense, and you can tell he has good knowledge about the NBA. He mentioned other NBA greats like Wilt, Kareem, and Russell, who also belong in these conversations, but most fans never had the opportunity to watch them play. The only thing that was somewhat surprising is his comments about the comparison between Magic and Jordan, but as already mentioned, you can’t blame Snoop since he is one of the most recognized Laker fans.