Scott Williams, one of the 4 players to have been on the teams of Michael Jordan as well as LeBron James, explained why Jordan was better.
LeBron James has built up a sterling reputation as a great teammate. In addition to being a top-2 player of all time, James is also said to be a great in the locker room. Jordan himself had a stupendous reputation as a teammate, but it is James who’s looked at as an elite glue guy.
Scott Williams played with Jordan at his physical peak. He played with LeBron during the infancy of his career – in the 2004-05 season. Understandably, there’s a dissonance between how he perceives the two.
Having watched Jordan at his peak, Williams would know very well who to pick as his GOAT. In this case, it’s MJ.
What Scott Williams believes that Michael Jordan has but LeBron James doesn’t
According to Williams, LeBron is ‘too nice’:
“The only thing that I will say that is probably a separation is that Michael has had a nastiness and ferocity to his game that LeBron may not possess. LeBron will try to beat you. He definitely wants to beat you. But MJ wants to beat you in a way where you will be embarrassed to go on a ride home with your spouse after the game.”
The only players to ever play with LeBron James and Michael Jordan are Larry Hughes, Brendan Haywood, Jerry Stackhouse and Scott Williams.
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“That was about the only difference between Michael and LeBron that made me think that his competitiveness and fuel were a little bit more than what LeBron had and that’s why MJ would never lose in the NBA Finals.”
“He just wouldn’t let it happen. I don’t care who was wearing the other jerseys across from him. You knew that he was the ultimate weapon. It’s not a knock on LeBron. That’s just what separated Michael from everybody else including Magic, Bird, the greats of the greats.”
Williams sure seems to know who to pick as his GOAT and isn’t shy about expressing himself.