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LeBron vs. Jordan, The ‘Greatest NBA Player Ever’ Debate Continues

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If someone asked me “Who is the best player to ever play the game of basketball?” – my answer would be ‘Michael Jordan.’ I was an 80’s baby and a child of the 90’s which means I had the privilege of seeing Michael Jordan in his prime. As a kid, I guess it was all surreal even though I knew that Michael was the best player in the NBA at that time. His face was on everything from cereal, to Saturday morning cartoons. His shoes were the best. His dunks were the best. 6 Championship rings. The ‘Dream Team.’ His League MVP titles. His baseball career. His cologne. Playing basketball with Bugs Bunny & Michael Jackson. From his famous mid-air pose to his signature tongue, everyone wanted to ‘Be Like Mike.’

Over the years, Michael Jordan’s ‘Greatest Ever’ title has been questioned by those who feel Kobe Bryant has surpassed Jordan as the best player to ever play the game. This debate has been so heavily discussed that it even has its own name; ‘The Jordan Conversation.’ Even though statistics prove Jordan as the better player, many argue that the level of competition is much higher in today’s NBA. Nevertheless, the trump card in these arguments is usually always the simple fact that Jordan has 6 championship rings.. and Kobe does not.

If that is the case, should a player with no championship rings (yet) even deserve to be in any “conversation?” Lately LeBron James has taken Kobe’s place in ‘The Jordan Conversation’ as he tries to win his first championship in just as many years with the Miami Heat. Even Jordan’s own Chicago Bulls sidekick Scottie Pippen recently said the he even feels that LeBron could be the greatest player of all-time. If LeBron & the Heat win it all this year, it will still only be 1 ring, compared to Kobe’s 5 and Jordan’s 6. And dare I say, LeBron isn’t even the dominant player on his Miami Heat squad with Dwayne Wade playing lights-out as of late. Some people may disagree with that statement, but I guess thats why they call it an “argument.” :)

Sometimes I think people get caught up in the moment and “forget” just how good Michael Jordan was. So here’s a reminder. After watching, comment below and tell us who you think the greatest basketball player of all-time is.

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