The sounds of that old never-ending debate keep getting louder. No, I’m not talking peanut butter vs. jelly, or Pepsi vs. Coke. Not this time.
Seemingly the most important debate we’ve all become accustomed to this time of year pits one Lebron Raymone James against another guy who wore number 23 – Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Who’s the G.O.A.T? For those unfamiliar, G.O.A.T. stands for “greatest of all time,” and the answer to that question is pretty divisive among people who follow basketball.
And now Isiah Thomas, the former all-time great Detroit Piston himself, has decided to chime in.
“Lebron James is a much better basketball player than Michael Jordan,” said Thomas on a recent episode of ESPN’s “Get Up” morning show.
That bold statement is sure to add fuel to the controversy that has been brewing for many years now in the Lebron vs. Jordan debate. Jordan, who won six NBA titles and five MVPs, was generally considered to be the greatest that there ever will be when he retired from basketball in 2003. He was so dominant that many were ready to slam the record books closed, lock them up, and throw away the key. James, however, has given pause to many basketball fans. With three NBA titles and four MVPs (so far), Lebron’s ability to consistently and completely dominate games with his physicality have many believing he might eventually take the throne from Jordan.
Apparently Isiah Thomas is already on board. Of course, Thomas may be a bit biased. He had many well-known feuds with Michael Jordan back in their playing days. Thomas’ “Bad Boy” Pistons were huge rivals of Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. It’s no surprise that he is willing to mix things up a little, even now.
Will Lebron vs. Jordan ever be decided? Probably not, at least definitively. But it sure is fun to debate.