Michael Jordan or LeBron James: The Rebuttal

Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) signals to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The numbers are in blah, blah, blah, and blah.

LeBron is not just the flavour of the week, Mario. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot so fast.

You’re guilty here of invoking the logical fallacy of “the Texas sharpshooter,” by which you cherry-picked pertinent data that corroborates your argument. Good for you. I could do the same, and tell you how LeBron is a better rebounder, or how he’s a better team-player (check out his overall assists), or how he just finished setting the record for most points scored and assisted per game in NBA Finals history, or even simply that it’s not over for him: how, barring an act of god, he has at least five more dominant seasons as the catalyst of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

At which point, yes, we can revisit and end this argument.

This isn’t to take the piss out of Jordan, either, but he’s stagnant now. His stats will never change again. Sure, he has the devil’s 6-6-6, but that’s as far as that goes. LeBron has been to five consecutive NBA Finals and isn’t done yet. That’s the emphasis here.

To say that the NBA is softer now, or less physical, is non sequitur. Both of these athletes would have thrived in the other’s respective era. Conceivably Jordan would have been just as clutch today, and LeBron, twenty years ago, would have physically dominated and registered the highest basketball IQ in history.

As far as MJ having gone to university, well, that’s just further undermining your case. You don’t have to look very far to find a rebuttal for that one. Most of them are baristas at Starbucks.

LeBron is a family man; Jordan was, or is (and this is putting it mildly) a quasi-alcoholic gambling addict with baby daddy controversies.

And really, is winning everything? Does the collective record of 3-19 of Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West make them any less legendary?

Finally, I’m going to appeal to the child in all of us—the one who sat around on the rug in front of the huge box TV eating Bugles while MJ made history. Who wants to forget that? Who wants that time crushed, to hear that that guy wasn’t, in fact, the greatest of all time? That’s tough. The reason you can’t accept LeBron as the better player is because MJ validates your own youth, now a thing of the past.

It’s time to let go.

Luigi out.

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