Everyone has an opinion about the two-man race for the title of greatest NBA player of all time. Older players and fans lean towards Michael Jordan. Young people may gravitate towards LeBron James. There is no consensus on the answer, and while James is still playing, his resume is still being written.
But one of the players James knows best weighed in on the Uninterrupted’s Throwing Bones debate. Draymond Green faced James four times in the Finals and he explained at length why he chose the current Los Angeles Lakers star over Jordan.
“Bron started in ’03. In 2005, Bron was the best player in the NBA. In 2020, he was still the best player in the NBA. He was the best player in the NBA no matter what the game did. The game went from two slugs, like two big men, to like, a long four big man, back to two big men, to no big men, and he’s been the best anyway.If you look at the teams that Bron to championships or to the finals. MJ didn’t beat the greatest team ever put together, nor did he take on the best team ever put together every year. You look at the skills that Bron has. There’s no one who’s ever played the game of basketball has played that can do what LeBron James does on a basketball court.
You all want to be like Mike, but what LeBron has been able to do and how he can control a game, to do it for so long. MJ retired. This shit is grueling. Bron went to the finals year after year after year and went to eight or nine in a row. MJ took a break in the heat of the moment. Bron didn’t take a break, you know what he did? He went again and again and again. And again. So for me that’s why it’s Source over MJ for me.
And besides, the talent is much better these days. And I’m sure one of the old bastards is going to say ‘you’ve lost your mind’ blah blah blah. The talent is much better, just as the talent at Apple is much better than the talent that was at Apple in 1991.”
There are a few important caveats that should be noted here. First of all, the interview itself took place on a platform that James founded. Green is represented by the same agent as James in Rich Paul. And of course, it doesn’t hurt Green’s legacy to say that he beat the greatest player of all time three times in the Finals.
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None of this undermines Green’s choice. Every point he made was perfectly valid. At this stage of the debate, the resumes are so close that one’s choice will be subjective. There is simply no wrong answer, even if you think you are closer to the right choice.