LeBron James takes issue with how ESPN story framed comments about MJ
LeBron James took to Twitter late Monday night to bemoan how an ESPN story framed his comments about how he and Michael Jordan would have been great teammates.
The article, written by Brian Windhorst, explored how James weighed in on how an on-court partnership with Jordan would have worked out during an interview posted to Uninterrupted’s YouTube channel on Monday.
LeBron was asked if — knowing what we now know about Jordan's style — if he would've liked to play with him. (Interesting answer)@KingJames @uninterrupted https://t.co/7ZD2RLbeY9 pic.twitter.com/ELW0chazcu— Unstripped Voice (@UnstrippedVoice) May 19, 2020
“Me personally, the way I play the game — team first — I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike,” James said.
“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.”
Windhorst’s article framed the narrative as James backing down from a debate over how he’d fare against Jordan as an adversary, something the Los Angeles Lakers star did not appreciate. James took to Twitter to clarify his remarks.
No I didn’t say I envisioned MJ as a teammate not an adversary. A question was asked “Do I think I could have been a teammate of his and compliment his game”. I love the greats and would have loved to play with them all during their runs because I a historian of the game but https://t.co/PxCv4EBydM— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 19, 2020
James went on to tweet that he would have relished the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with MJ and every other all-time great on the NBA court.
I also would die to compete vs every single one of them too! Don’t ever get it twisted! . Nevertheless MJ Thank You for being my angel, inspiration, superhero!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 19, 2020
James obviously reveres Jordan, and the Bulls icon thinks highly of LeBron as well. The runaway success of the MJ-centric ESPN documentary, “The Last Dance,” has unsurprisingly brought the Hall of Famer’s legacy again to the forefront of NBA chatter. Not only that, it has further inflamed the ongoing debate concerning whether MJ or King James is the superior player.
In the end, it’s understandable why James took issue with the way his comments were portrayed. It goes without saying, though, that it would have been a real treat to see the two legends on the same court at the same time, regardless of whether they were teammates or adversaries.