LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes to ever set foot on the face of the earth. That goes without a question and whoever doubts that is just being petty at this point.
He’s put together one of the most impressive resumes in sports history, holds a vast number of records, has dominated the National Basketball Association for almost two decades and it still feels as if he could continue to play at the highest level for a good three or four years.
However, there’s still plenty of people who don’t have LeBron James at the top of their list when talking about the Greatest Of All Time. How’s that so? Well, for starters, there’s that other Michael Jordan guy who was supposed to be pretty good, you may have heard of him.
Still, Shannon Sharpe of Undisputed has made it his life mission to prove that LeBron James is the greatest hooper ever, as he constantly says on his show, his Twitter account, his dinner table, and every time he has the chance to do so.
This time, he went on to his show to address the situation again and claim that stats prove that The King is the greatest to ever do it despite Jordan’s 6-0 record in the NBA Finals:
“We love next level stats if they support our argument,” Sharpe started. “Skip (Bayless) and those in Jordan’s camp all they say is 6 and 0. Well, what about the years that he did make the playoffs and he didn’t win the Finals, right? So in the 80s when they were going to the playoffs and getting swept, are we going to discount that? So nothing else matters when you debate Jordan fans nothing else matters (…) Damn, there were years when he was in the NBA, made the playoffs and got beat in the first round, or got beat in the second round,” he continued. “The better passer? Nobody that watches the game of basketball thinks Michael Jordan is a better passer than LeBron James but the fans do. Skip, LeBron scores better than people think and Jordan is an elite-level scorer. Top-notch, no doubting that, but LeBron James averages 29 points a game for his playoffs career. (…) When you look at all-around at was he’s been able to do as far as points, as far as rebounds, as far as assists, as far as creating opportunities for other players in the court; it’s not even close. Was Jordan a more dominant scorer? Sure, but that’s the only deciding edge that Jordan has over LeBron,” Sharpe concluded.
Shannon has a strong case here. We shouldn’t just take a look at the record in the Finals when discussing the GOAT as if it was the only thing that matters.
However, there’s just not settling this debate. Ever. They both have solid arguments and we should just be thankful for watching them dominate the league.