Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would prefer Michael Jordan on a championship team over LeBron James.
The GOAT debate is something that never dies down in the NBA, especially in the offseason. There was more fuel to the fire this offseason, as LeBron led the Lakers to their 17th title, and got his 4th ring.
Mark Cuban has been the owner of the Mavs for over 20 years now. He’s seen the league evolve from MJ’s era of mid-range heavy basketball to the pick-and-roll, 3-pointer heavy game that it plays today. He’s seen LeBron up close and personal at his peak, and understands his impact on modern basketball
“When that game’s on the line, I’d rather have MJ at this point”: Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban was recently live on the ‘heavy’ YouTube channel. There he was asked the GOAT question, which he answered diplomatically once again.
“Depends who else could I pick up. So, if it’s an expansion draft, I think Bron makes everybody on the team better, right? So he’s a good starting point,” he stated. “But if I got a good squad that I can put together, I want Michael as my closer. Not that LeBron’s not a good closer, but Michael’s the best. When that game’s on the line, I’d rather have MJ at this point.”
The whole episode can be viewed here:
The debate is now close enough that LeBron is within sight of closing the distance to Jordan in accolades. But as a basketball player, Jordan was able to dominate his peers a lot more than anyone else. 10 straight scoring titles when he played full seasons with the Bulls is indisputable evidence.
9 of those came with a First Team All-Defense selection. 6 of those came with titles for the Bulls and Finals MVP trophies for Jordan. From 1990-1993, the version of Michael Jordan we saw was the best player in NBA history.