Bernie Sanders is picking Lakers star LeBron James over Michael Jordan
LeBron James is a polarizing figure for some, but no one can deny his right to be considered one of the greatest players of all time. And if you believe that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is the GOAT, then you have an unlikely ally in Bernie Sanders.
The well-known Democrat has given his say on the never-ending Jordan-vs-James debate, having seen both players play in their primes. His choice probably surprised some of the older basketball heads.
Sanders made an appearance on The Kyle Kulinski show and gave his take on the argument that divided friendships and basketball-crazy households, via Harrison Feigen of Silver Screen & Roll.
Kulinski: Last question: Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Sanders: LeBron James.
Kulinski: Is that because of the policy he just supported with you?
Sanders: Well actually, yes, I think LeBron has been willing to do what a lot of athletes are not and get involved in the political process, put money into education, and I respect that.
It’s interesting that Sanders chose LeBron due to his vocal nature. Both of them have expressed support for the Fair Pay to Play Act — a bill in California that would completely change the landscape of the NCAA if passed.
However, it isn’t like Sanders is making a bad basketball decision with James. The King is a 6-foot-8, 250-pound behemoth that can play and guard all positions on the floor.
James has the overall advantage when it comes to stats. Jordan may be the better scorer with his 30.1 points per game, but James is ahead of him when it comes to rebounds (7.4) and assists (7.2). He has also been in eight straight Finals appearances from 2011 until 2018.
Jordan’s definite advantage is his Finals record: he won every single Finals series he was in with the Chicago Bulls. Moreover, he has built a reputation for having the clutch gene.
It’s simple to dismiss Sanders’ argument as simply his political preference speaking. However, he has shown the media that he’s quite the baller himself
— Kyle Clauss (@KyleClauss) February 20, 2019