After Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James won his fourth title and fourth Finals MVP award, the GOAT discussion between Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and The King will be an even hotter topic of debate than it already was.
However, James said it’s not for him to decide who the GOAT is.
The Lakers star, along with Anthony Davis, spoke to Rachel Nichols of ESPN after winning the title on Sunday. LeBron specifically talked about his love for Jordan and the constant comparison between him and His Airness.
“That’s not for me to question or wonder or debate. For me personally, I have a way that I play the game. I have a way that I lead. I have a way that I challenge my guys and myself…we call it barbershop talk,” LeBron James said of the GOAT talks with Michael Jordan.
“You guys know how much I love Michael Jordan. I wear No. 23 because of Michael Jordan. When I first got my first pair of Jordans, you couldn’t tell me nothin’. So, ya’ll can do the debates. Ya’ll can figure that out.”
LeBron and Jordan are the only two players in NBA history to win at least four Finals MVPs and four regular-season MVP awards. While Bulls fans will always pick MJ as their GOAT since he went 6-0 in the Finals and never switched teams, there is no denying the greatness of James, who is still the best player in the NBA despite being in Year 17 and 35 years old.
James is now two championships away from tying Jordan. The Lakers are already the betting favorites to repeat as champions next season, but the competition is going to be tougher since the Golden State Warriors will be back with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Brooklyn Nets will have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving leading the way.