The Great Debate
Lebron James helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA title in six games over the Miami Heat. It has reopened the discussion of who is the greatest NBA star of all time. Michael Jordan who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA titles in the 1990s is viewed as the greatest of all time. Jordan won 6 Finals MVP. James won his 4 NBA titles with 3 different teams, 2 titles with the Miami Heat, 1 title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now 1 with the Lakers. James also won his 4th Finals MVP as well.
Critics will say James won his titles with different teams and needed to have stars playing with him. In Miami, it was Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, in Cleveland there was Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and now in Los Angeles, it was Anthony Davis. Jordan’s titles had Scottie Pippen for all six, but the rest of the Bulls roster was different. In Jordan’s first three titles he had Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, and John Paxson. His last three titles were with Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley, and Ron Harper.
It is impossible to compare stars of today in any sport to the stars of the past. Some people think Bill Russell is the greatest of all-time winning 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. Was it Wilt Chamberlain who so dominated that the NBA changes its rules? Was it, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who played 20 years in the NBA and its all-time leading scorer. The LeBron James vs Michael Jordan debate is good for radio and tv talk shows when there is nothing else going on. The Last Dance documentary on the Bulls of the 1990s got people talking about Jordan’s career. Both men are incredible during their eras and we should be appreciative of their accomplishments.