Will Lebron ever really be the king of the game of basketball? Deciding on who’s the best ever is so hard to decipher. Why? Well it’s because it’s all really subjective. It’s like trying to decide who is the best team ever.
Try putting the 1995 – 1996 Chicago Bulls up against the 1986 – 1987 Los Angeles Lakers or the 2015 – 2016 Golden State Warriors and a lot of factors come into play. Which rules are we playing by? If you play by the rules of the 80’s, then the Lakers win this one easily. If you play by the rules of the 90s, then the Bulls beat the brakes off both of those teams. However if the game is officiated the way it is today, Neither of those great teams can match up against the 3 point arsenal that the Warriors would display.
What does that mean? When you choose who is the greatest ever, it’s subjective. Lebron is a great all around player. He’s done more with less than any NBA player not named Tim Duncan. Jordan was and is considered by most to be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) and rightfully so. Jordan set the bar and honestly if he played in today’s game, I’m not so sure he wouldn’t average 40, 12, and 10.
Here’s the thing that puts me in a conundrum over Jordan vs. Lebron. Lebron is a better rebounder, but he should be. He’s 6’9″ and outweighs Mike by at least 50 pounds. But that’s also what makes Lebron special. he’s the biggest most athletic player we’ve ever seen play the game. We’ve never seen anyone 270 lbs that can play all 5 positions on the floor and guard all 5 positions on the floor.
But other than rebound and pass, what does he actually do that stands out and puts him above Michael Jordan? That’s what makes me believe Mike is still the king. His ability to play in any era and still be the most dominant player on the floor makes Mike the best.
The argument is a good one. It’s also a fun one. But let’s not get caught up in the hype, Mike is still the man. Lebron has done more with less but when they were both fully loaded, Mike never came up short. That’s what separates him from Lebron.