Carmelo Anthony harps on endless LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate
Countless NBA luminaries have been sharing their respective takes of late regarding whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan deserves to be touted as the greatest basketball player of all time, although that particular debate has been raging for years.
The recent surge in squabbles surrounding the King James-His Airness debate of course was inspired by the Jordan-centric series, “The Last Dance,” the ESPN-aired documentary that developed into a pop cultural phenomenon amid a dearth in live sports programming on television.
Into the fray has stepped Carmelo Anthony, who recently railed against how James and Jordan are pitted against one another in the first place.
“I don’t like it. And I say that because whenever we do that, we fail to appreciate what we have in front of us,” Anthony said, per Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports. “Any time these comparisons are made, whether it’s anybody — old school versus new school — it’s like, why can’t we just appreciate everybody for what they bring to the game?”
Despite his aversion to the MJ-LeBron conundrum, Anthony nevertheless admitted he sides with the Jordan camp.
“You know, M.J. is the G.O.A.T. He’s the greatest ever. We all know that and we all agree to that. Why can’t we say that, but also give LeBron his flowers while he’s here too?” Anthonys aid. “Why can’t we say, ‘M.J. was very great, LeBron is very great, Kobe is very great.’ We’re not allowed to say those things today, because it’s always this or that, and that’s just our society — you have to choose one.”
Anthony’s characterization of the entire debate falls right in line with what one particularly outspoken NBA icon had to say regarding the constant comparisons between Jordan and James, an opinion which arguably represents how many people feel about it.
That being said, a recent poll that gauged which superstar is held in the highest regard by NBA fans in general arrives at an arguably surprising conclusion.
And for what it’s worth, Jordan himself isn’t too fond of the constant comparisons with James, either.