Pretty much every current and former NBA player has made a LeBron James and Michael Jordan comparison. The GOAT debate doesn’t seem to come to an end. Both LeBron and MJ have earned armies of fans and supporters.
LBJposters had an interview with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, offering another brilliant take on the debate.
It was a catchy caption, suggesting that LeBron is the greatest of all time. LeBron took the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals at 22. He defeated the Detroit Pistons team in the ECF and some people still deny his greatness. MJ played 7 seasons before hitting the NBA Finals and people praise him for his three conference finals losses to the Pistons and three first round losses to the Boston Celtics. Ouch.
Doc Rivers made eye-catching LeBron James and Michael Jordan comparison
Rivers averaged 10.9 points, three rebounds, and 5.7 assists in his NBA playing career during his time with the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs.
He knows a lot about the game and provided his take on the debate.
“Look at Michael,” he said. “It took him 7 years to win an NBA title. It’s because he didn’t trust the system, he wanted to dominate it himself, he didn’t get the importance of using his teammates and using everyone else but, no one criticized Michael back then; and the difference between Michael and LeBron – when Michael came in the league, he surprised everybody on how great he was.
“When LeBron came in the league they expected him to be great so it was already on him. Michael in some ways, we allowed him to grow into greatness. We didn’t allow LeBron that and he STILL overachieved. LeBron is BETTER than anyone would’ve thought which is amazing. When you read it and go back… you should and read articles about LeBron coming into the NBA and then say he overachieved that?… it’s remarkable. He rarely gets hurt, he always shows up, he’s had some of the BIGGEST clutch games in NBA history yet, no one knows it. It’s incredible. I think LeBron is going to be one of those guys when he retires in 10 years from now people are going to say, ‘Man…LeBron James was one the BEST players EVER.’ And we’re going to be back saying, “We tried to tell you that 20 years ago. You’re too busy trying to tell us that he wasn’t, but he is…”
LeBron won titles with three different teams
Rivers led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Championship in 2008. He was coaching Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.
MJ won six titles with the Bulls. He was playing with Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr and coach Phil Jackson.
LeBron has four titles. He won two with the Miami Heat, one with Cleveland and got his most recent with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He played with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith. In LA, LeBron won with Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.