Michael Jordan On LeBron James Comparisons: We Play In Different Eras

Michael Jordan Talks LeBron James Comparison – “I take it with a grain of salt”

As one of the greatest basketball stars to grace the court now turned NBA execute, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan’s name is usually the hot topic when comparing players or eras. However, one superstar player, Los Angeles Laker LeBron James, has continued to etch more hardware into his legacy making the debate about the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), even more entertaining.

On Friday (Jan. 24th), Michael Jordan was asked at a press conference in Paris on one of the hottest debates in basketball. MJ says although LeBron is an amazing NBA star, he doesn’t compare where he can’t compete. MJ begins,

“We play in different eras. He’s an unbelievable player. He’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world. I know it’s a natural tendency to compare eras to eras. It’s going to continue to happen.”

He continues, adding how he loves watching LeBron on the court, but doesn’t think much of the MJ vs. LeBron debate.

“I’m a fan of his. I love watching him play. But as you can see, our league is starting to expand on very talented players. I think he’s made his mark. He will continue to do so over a period of time. But when you start the comparisons, I think it is what it is. It’s just a standup measurement. I take it with a grain of salt. He’s a heck of a basketball player, without a doubt.”

Michael Jordan

Back in March, LeBron eclipsed MJ in career total points while recently passing Kobe Bryant for second of all time in the Lakers 108-91 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend (Jan. 25th).

As of now, LeBron sits at the number 3 spot in all time points scored with 33,644 points only behind Karl Malone and fellow Laker legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Seems as MJ is a tough cookie to impress. Back in October, he addressed he feels about Golden State Warrior player Steph Curry who has revolutionize the NBA jumper. MJ says unlike players like Curry he was scare to get banned up down low with the bigger players,

“I’m going in the trenches. I’ve played against and with all these guys. I’m going with who I know. Every single night, the responsibility to go out there and represent greatness every single night…”

He said of Steph Curry

“He’s a great player, not a Hall-of-Famer yet.”

Do you believe MJ vs. LeBron is a fair debate? Let us know in the comments! 

Authored by: Gregory Molette