MJ had a few choice words in the ‘Greatest of All Time’ discussion at his Flight School camp in California. During a Q&A session on Monday, a camper asked MJ if he would rank LeBron over Kobe as the best of all time.
“Would I rank LeBron over Kobe in terms of best of all time? No. There’s something about five that beats three. Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three.”
Now, this topic has been beaten to death over the last few years, so I won’t dive too far into the argument itself. The last thing I want to do right now is get in a heated Twitter debate with someone about LeBron’s Finals losses and which player had better supporting casts. Everybody loses in a Twitter argument over the greatest of all time.
That said, I’m not going to stand by and let it go unnoticed when MJ disses LeBron like this. There’s a 0% chance MJ actually believes Kobe is better than LeBron all time. He’s just trying to downplay LeBron’s greatness because he knows LeBron has closed the gap on him as the greatest to ever play. MJ will continue to say everyone else is better to try and dispel the narrative of LeBron as the greatest of all time as much as he can.
If it were any other player saying this, I’d say they were appealing to the Kobe bias those California kids probably have. I won’t say that with Jordan though. He would never do something for anyone other than himself in this type of situation. There was definitely a motive behind that statement. Besides, those kids definitely hopped off the Lakers bandwagon for Golden State years ago. I’m sure they’d even put Steph Curry above Kobe.
When LeBron’s career ends (hopefully in Cleveland 10 years from now) we will finally be able to have a rational discussion on who was the greatest to ever play. Until then though, we will have plenty more nonsense like this.
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