The LeBron-MJ debate has been roaring for at least the past five years now. B0th players are great, that’s inarguable, but who is the overall better basketball player?
For Allen Iverson, it’s not much of a debate.
In a conversation with the Players’ Tribune, the Philly baller made it known which side he stands on.
“First of all, I love LeBron,” he says in the piece. “I have nothing but love for LeBron. That’s the best player of his generation, one of the best ever, a great husband, great father, great role model, and it’s even beyond that: What he’s doing with that school in Akron?? It’s a beautiful thing.”
“But y’all. We’re talking about Mike. We’re talking about Mike, okay?? We’re talking about Black Jesus himself.”
He then goes on to tell the story of the time Iverson tried to pay tribute to the Bulls’ legend before his last All-Star game and found him leaning back, smoking a cigar.
“And he just looks at me — looks over my fit for a second — and he smiles,” Iverson says.
“And then he goes right on back to puffing that cigar.
“ARE YOU SERIOUS!! Man, I think I’m a cool guy. I’m all right. But Mike is the only person I ever — I mean ever — met who can be so effortless in his cool that he leaves this…. GLOW. It’s almost like I’ll remember the details about that moment and then I’ll get worked up from remembering it, just thinking about how cool that man is, you know what I’m saying?? I mean, he…. Y’all! Y’ALL. He’s smoking a CIGAR, with his UNIFORM on…… before the NBA ALL-STAR GAME. And man, he’s in the COACHES’ OFFICE. He’s in the coaches’ office. You’re smoking your big-a– cigar in the coaches’ office, in your damn uniform, with your feet kicked up like it’s nothing, before your very last All-Star Game?? Man — you run everything. You run EV-ER-Y-THING!!”
When talking about impact, it’s hard to argue that Jordan hasn’t been one of the league’s most influential players. Just like he showed in his very last All-Star game, the guy had complete control. He could do whatever he wanted because he had changed the game so much.
LeBron does have some of the control as well, but is it to the same degree? Is there an effortless swagger about his personality like there is to Mike? Does that even matter when comparing the two as players?
No matter your opinion, you should at least never forget how good MJ really was. A.I., with stories like these, is doing his part to make sure we don’t.