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Michael Jordan on LeBron James comparisons: ‘We play in different eras’

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Ever since LeBron James was in high school nearly two decades ago, the Michael Jordan comparisons were incessant.

Now, they are even louder.

James is in his 17th season and is still going as strong as ever, averaging 25.2 points, 10.8 assists (a career high) and 7.7 rebounds per game for a Los Angeles Lakers team that owns the best record in the Western Conference.

Of course, James lacks the hardware of Jordan, as he has three rings to Jordan’s six, which generally serves as the deciding factor in any side-by-side comparison.

While speaking at a press conference in Paris on Friday, Jordan was asked about the LeBron comparisons, and MJ proceeded to compliment James while also giving a diplomatic answer overall:

“We play in different eras. He’s one of the best players in the world,” said Michael Jordan, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN. “It’s a natural tendency to compare eras to eras. … I think he’s made his mark. He will continue to do so.”

But that won’t stop people from also continuing to mention the two players in the same sentence.

In the eyes of most, Jordan is the best player to ever play the game, and it’s hard to argue with that. Not only do statistics largely support it, but Jordan is a perfect 6-for-6 in NBA Finals appearances while James has gone 3-for-9.

There are also plenty of other players fighting with James for spots on the all-time list, whether it’s Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Tim Duncan.

How about we all just appreciate how great both Michael Jordan and LeBron James have been?