LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the two players leading the ‘GOAT race’, with LeBron James trying his utmost to catch up to MJ and maybe even dethrone him from the position of the greatest player to have ever graced the sport.
While the GOAT debate is one that will never see the end of the tunnel, it is bound to come up when the two greatest come face to face against each other.
With the Lakers in Charlotte last night, LeBron was obviously asked to comment on Michael Jordan and how he felt when he came across the legend for the first time.
“It was Godly. I’ve said that over and over before, but it was like meeting God for the first time. That’s what I felt like as a 16-year-old kid when I met MJ” LeBron said.
With the Lakers in Charlotte, LeBron James was asked to reflect on the first time he met Hornets owner Michael Jordan: “It was Godly. I’ve said that over and over before, but it was like meeting God for the first time. That’s what I felt like as a 16-year-old kid when I met MJ”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 15, 2018
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) December 15, 2018
Their relationship hasn’t really been on display, despite the two often being pitted against each other regarding the impact that they both have had on the game.
While their career statistics are comparable, Michael Jordan is far ahead of LeBron when it comes to performance in big games, in big moments.
MJ is 6-0 when it comes to NBA finals, whereas LeBron is 3-6 and hasn’t really taken the NBA finals by storm.
LeBron also went onto talk about Jordan’s impact on the game and how he made the sport global with what he did on that basketball court.
“MJ made the game global.” LeBron said.
“He made the game global. He made people all over the world want to watch the game of basketball because of his marketability, because of the way he played the game of basketball, because of who he was.
“He kind of transcended that era.” he added
Lakers ended up blowing away the Hornets last night, winning 128-100, with both LeBron and Lonzo scoring triple doubles.
LeBron James (24/12/11) and Lonzo Ball (16/10/10) become the first teammates since Jason Kidd & Vince Carter (2007) to record triple-doubles in the same game! pic.twitter.com/fn7RJbsKRc
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 16, 2018
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2018
LeBron has spoken highly about Michael Jordan and has a lot of respect for him, but do you think he wants to overtake him in that GOAT debate and become the greatest of all time?
Does LeBron largely have it in him to end that debate and emerge victorious out of it in the last few years of his career? Or will MJ, who dominated an entire era with such poise and grace, continue as the greatest player of all time?
Some interesting times ahead.