Following the Lakers win last night, I was all set to write a post about how it felt like the LeBron v. Jordan debate was now over. Not because either was clearly on top, but because well, two roads had clearly diverged.
Their careers are just so different now. 6–0 in the Finals versus championships with 3 very different teams. But there are like a thousand other differences; some big and some small.
I’m glad I didn’t end up writing that post because Zach Lowe wrote it about 1000x better than I could have:
Lowe on LeBron vs. MJ: The GOAT debate is different now
8:55 AM ET Zach LoweESPN Senior Writer There is an amazing clip from ESPN's The Jump in April 2018, the day after…
Look, I’m clearly biased being that I’m from Cleveland. Not only once and future home to LeBron James, but the victims of Jordan’s “The Shot”, which I watched as a kid. The Cavs had some great teams in the late 80's/early 90s, but they didn’t have Jordan so they’re lost in time. Still, I feel like this debate is now only a debate in the way that peanut butter versus jelly is a debate. Sure, some people like one and not the other. But they’re just entirely different. And that’s why they go well together. As do Jordan and LeBron in the history of basketball. Sort of a boring, nuanced take, I know.
As Lowe puts it:
For some, perfection is all that matters. LeBron could never unseat Jordan. To win one game, their answer will always be Jordan — and in that framing, it’s hard to disagree all that strongly.
But the totality of LeBron’s career is undeniable.