Michael Jordan’s opinion of LeBron James and how he stacks up against the all time NBA greats has not changed over the past five years. In February of 2013, Jordan explained to NBA TV that Bryant’s five championships put him above James.
At the time of Jordan’s statement, James had only one ring which came during the previous season when he knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder in only five games in the finals. Jordan believed that only one ring could not trump Kobe’s five, regardless of their talent on the court.
Flash forward five years later and his opinion remains unchanged.
“Would I rank LeBron over Kobe? In terms of best of all time? No,” he said, in response to a question from a camper at his Flight School in Santa Barbara, California on Monday.
“There’s something about five that beats three. … Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three — although he’s been to seven [consecutive] Finals,” Jordan said.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 2, 2017
Jordan, for the most part, is unanimously considered the greatest basketball player of all time. The only real threat that he has currently is James due to the fact that James is still playing. So many players have had great careers, but none have done as much as Jordan did during his time in the NBA.
Does James have a shot at surpassing Bryant? Definitely, some believe he already has. Does he have a chance at surpassing Jordan? It’s a far stretch but some have put him in this conversation.
Where do you think James ranks among the greatest NBA players of all time?