With each playoff victory and thunderous dunk, LeBron James inches closer to Michael Jordan’s greatness.
So, social media tells us.
Before ESPN deemed him the greatest, Jordan had competition in his own field from Wilt, Oscar, Russell, The Logo, Dr. J and Kareem. Now, it’s almost a given that MJ and GOAT are synonymous.
Jordan has been perched atop the pedestal, pretty much unscathed, for the past two decades. Kobe tried to topple him but came up short. Shaq, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett—all are great but far short of greatest.
Then, along came LeBron. Not as graceful, competitive or marketable as His Airness but formidable, nonetheless. And, LeBron is still trying to erase one bad decision (and just might in a couple of weeks).
In these NBA Playoffs, more than any, the King has laid claim to Michael’s throne, and longtime hoop junkies don’t like it. The “who’s better” dialogue that once was restricted to barroom banter, now plays out in social media for millions to ponder.
Rest assured, as the NBA Finals unfold, the debate will only intensify.
As you can see, it’s only beginning …
Jordan played 12 years w/Bulls (no 1995)— Sean Connor (@srchoops) May 27, 2015
LeBron is in his 12th year now
JORDAN (left) TOPS LeBRON IN EVERY CATEGORY pic.twitter.com/wDmCTiK9ER
This Jordan protection is getting out of hand...from 1991 on, he did not face better teams than LeBron. Blazers, Jazz, Sonics, Suns? Really?— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) May 27, 2015
You can't talk about the GOAT without mentioning Wilt, Magic, Kareem etc...it's not just "LeBron vs MJ" like the media claims— I Am Legend's (@legendscourt) May 27, 2015
Lebron James has a playoff record of 11-16 vs Western Conference. Michael Jordan was 24-11— Sir Ireland (@austnireland11) May 27, 2015
LeBron now has 297 ... Jason Kidd ranks 6th, 302— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 27, 2015
Top 3 all-time
Magic Johnson 358 https://t.co/ONOTQ1eblQ
LeBron five straight Finals.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 27, 2015
Jordan never did that.
Magic never did that.
Bird never did that.
But James Jones has.
There's really nothing left to say about LeBron. Let's just cryogenically freeze Jordan, wait til Bron is 55 and have them play 1 on 1.— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) May 27, 2015