Ever since LeBron James entered the National Basketball League straight out of high school, he has been compared to Michael Jordan. Some would argue that there will never be a player a great as “His Airness” while others are convinced that LeBron is even better.
Now, with “King” James on the verge of playing in yet another NBA Finals, the debate about who is better has heated up once again.
One former Detroit Piston, Bill Laimbeer, recently weighed in on who he believes is the better player.
“I’ll take Lebron James, absolutely,” Laimbeer said to host Etan Thomas on “The Rematch” podcast earlier this month (listen below). “He’s 6-8, 285 (James is listed at 250 pounds). Runs like the wind, jumps out of the gym. Phenomenal leader since he’s been 12 years old. Understood when he came into the league how to involve his teammates from the start. And you can’t guard him. You can’t double-team, he’s too big, he powers through everything. Michael was a guard. Yea, he was 6-6, but he wasn’t a real thick and strong guard. It took him a lot of years to learn how to involve his teammates in order to win championships. Don’t fault him for that, it’s a learning experience. But we’ve never seen anybody like LeBron James physically. He just bullies you.
“LeBron can do anything. Michael couldn’t get all the rebounds. He couldn’t be the assist man like LeBron James can. He was very focused on scoring, a deadly assassin, but the rest of the part of his game, LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan.”
Nation, what side do you fall on?