LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers recently talked about how he feels he would have played as a teammate of Michael Jordan.
The extremely well-done and successful “The Last Dance” documentary has spurred a lot of thoughts and opinions about Michael Jordan and his wonderful career, including LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
When people talk about the greatest basketball players of all-time, the debate is generally between Jordan and LeBron. Both have been the best players of their eras, and have been extremely successful both as individuals and as teammates.
However, what if the two were teammates in either the Jordan era or the James era? Recently, LeBron spoke about how his game would have blended with Jordan’s. Here’s what he had to say via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
"“Me personally, the way I play the game — team first — I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike,” James said in a video released Monday on Uninterrupted’s YouTube channel. “Mike is an assassin. When it comes to playing the game of basketball, scoring the way he scored the ball, [then] my ability to pass, my ability to read the game plays and plays and plays in advance.”"
Even though they are two of the best players of all-time, the games of Jordan and James would have blended rather nicely on paper. First off, they don’t play the same position which always helps on both ends of the court.
Quite possibly the biggest reason why the two would have been successful is because of James’ ability to pass the ball. While James is climbing the all-time leaderboards in many categories, his ability to pass the ball is arguably his best attribute.
Like Scottie Pippen, James would have been able to facilitate the ball nicely for Jordan and quite possibly raise his game to another level. While Pippen is a Top-50 player of all-time, James is with all due respect a better player.
With his big frame, James would have done fine playing in the physical 90s era, as his height, size, and speed would have carried over nicely. Also, depending on if Jordan was older than him at the time, James wouldn’t have had to be “the guy” right away.
While we will never know for sure how well the two could have played with each other, they certainly mesh on paper. In this hypothetical scenario, it would have been wild to see what the two could have accomplished.