LeBron James’ appearances on his « More Than An Athlete » series on ESPN are always interesting and have always resonated well. But this one is likely to get a lot, lot of talk.
The debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan has been raging for years. On a brand new episode of « More Than An Athlete », the King revealed his thoughts in a way he never did before. According to him, his performance in the 2016 Finals makes him the greatest player in history:
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« That moment made me the greatest player of all time. That’s how I felt about it. I was super happy to win a title for Cleveland because of the 52 years without a title. I was euphoric. The first wave of emotion, when everybody saw me cry, was for the 52-year low and everything that had happened in Cleveland. And then after that, I was like… « This moment made you the greatest player of all time. »
Everybody was talking about how the Warriors were the greatest team in history, the greatest team ever assembled, and for us to be able to come back like we did, I was like, « You did something special. »
As a reminder, while they were down 3-1 in the series, LeBron James and the Cavs had won 3 games in a row, including a boiling Game 7 at the Oracle Arena to claim the title.
Stratospheric, the King had signed the most famous counter of the history on Andre Iguodala, and had especially turned to 29.2 points, 8.9 assists, 11.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.3 counters on the series. James had even finished his masterpiece with a triple-double (27-11-11), becoming only the third player in history to achieve such a performance in a game 7 of the finals after James Worthy and the Jerry West logo.
In this new statement, the Chosen One didn’t shy away from subtly reminding us that his performance was against the team with the best regular season record in history (73-9).
Obviously, Michael Jordan keeps strong arguments in his favor. Where LeBron failed 6 times in the finals out of 9 attempts, His Majesty signed a perfect « triple 6 »: 6 participations, 6 wins, and 6 MVP of the finals.