The debate will ultimately rage on in regards to who’s the best basketball player of all-time, well after LeBron James decides it’s time to call it a career. And much like Bron-Bron, the next generation’s best player will also be compared to his predecessors like LeBron, Kobe Bryant, and of course, Michael Jordan.
However, the one issue that everyone can seemingly agree on is that James has taken more criticism over the debate than any other player — possibly ever. And LeBron is apparently sick and tired of hearing about it. So much so, that he actually did the unthinkable on The Open Run podcast and critiqued His Airness, in regards to the treatment he’s received.
“I just think it’s my path,” James said. “All the other greats and things that they’ve been through, I don’t think M.J. ever had a Game 7 in the Finals. And people say well he was able to close it out early. They act like he just did it all on his own and things of that nature. They forget the shot by [John] Paxson on the left wing. You want to know the crazy thing? In that game, in that particular game in Phoenix, M.J. didn’t even have the ball in his hands. [Scottie] Pippen brought the ball up, [Charles] Barkley went for the steal, Pippen threw it down to Horace Grant and … because Barkley went for the gamble, they rotated to Horace Grant and Horace Grant threw it to Paxson. M.J. had nothing to do with that play.
“It’s just my path,” James continued. “It’s who I am. I take the hard way. Just don’t give me a 3-0 deficit.”
Whether James was criticizing Jordan is up to the viewer/reader to decide, but there has been several cases that would lead the common fan to believe that there is some weird competitive tension between the two over the years. MJ claimed Kobe Bryant would be the only guy that could ever beat him, Blake Griffin should star in Space Jam II over James and one time said he would guard James by making him go left. James, on the other hand, seemingly always wanted Jordan’s approval — even wearing the number 23.
All of that seems to have changed now with King James now claiming that he’s going after the ghost of Michael Jordan.
We will see…