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Biggest similarities and differences between Michael Jordan, LeBron James, per Larry Hughes

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Former NBA guard Larry Hughes played with Michael Jordan on the Washington Wizards and LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Not many people can say they played with both Jordan and LeBron, even though the MJ which Hughes played with wasn’t the Chicago Bulls version.

Still, Hughes says he saw similarities and differences between Wizards Jordan and a young LeBron.

“I think the natural ability, the attention to detail, the respect that they [had for the game]; they were not going to waste their God-given talent,” Larry Hughes said about Michael Jordan and LeBron James, via Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype.

“That stands out to me the most… They had a deeper understanding that they weren’t going to let their talent be wasted. And they were going to inspire other people. I mean, even though I played with Bron when he was younger, we still had young guys who were coming to the team that looked up to Bron. It was a situation where he took advantage of that, and I think MJ took advantage of that as well, knowing that he would impact and inspire a lot of kids through a lot of different generations.”

Hughes then talked about the differences between His Airness and The King. The St. Louis native said that Jordan was very aggressive with his trash talk, while LeBron was more playful with his.

As we all know, Jordan is one of the fiercest competitors in NBA history. That’s not to say LeBron isn’t, but MJ wore his emotions on his sleeve more than LeBron does:

“I think the trash talk. Bron would talk trash and make comments in a joking fashion, but MJ had this way of being really aggressive with the trash talk and really using body language and everything to really get his point across. He seemed to be serious, but he may or may not have been – maybe he was just trying to pull those things out of his teammates and out of his peers. But he just had this way about him [where he wanted] you to really understand that he was the greatest,” the ex NBA guard added.

Jordan finished his NBA career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists with the Bulls and Wizards. He won six championships and was 6-0 in the Finals.

LeBron, meanwhile, is still dominating despite being 35 and having a lot of miles on his body. Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended due to COVID-19, James was averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jordan and LeBron are universally recognized as the two greatest basketball players of all-time.