While the rest of the league are trembling in fear (or in disgust, or both) after Kevin Durant announced his decision to sign with the (super) powerhouse Golden State Warriors, one player may look at the move as his ticket to being the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.) in basketball.
LeBron James is considered the best player in his generation. But the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar wants more and aims higher: to become the all-time greatest and beat Michael Jordan for that crown.
Basketball’s all-time greatest debate lives on; thanks to Kevin Durant
The LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate was revived after the former won his third NBA title after leading the Cavaliers over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Jordan won six NBA titles during his career with the Chicago Bulls and three came after when he hit 31 years old. LeBron will turn 32 in December this year, so at the same stage/age of their careers, their total title haul is equal.
While the other Eastern Conference teams have improved in recent years, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are still considered the top favorites to win the East in the next few years.
With their core intact, featuring other stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and a splash of J.R. Smith, LeBron is expected to appear in a few more championship series in the near future. This will give him the opportunity to close in or match Jordan’s total, or perhaps even eventually surpass it.
The case for LeBron James against Michael Jordan
LeBron improved his rankings in the all-time greatest players list with a godly performance against the Warriors in the recent NBA Finals.
An impressive feat, considering his Cavs beat the best regular season team of all time (73-9) and copped the title after being down 3-1 in the series, the first team to do so in the history of the finals.
With Kevin Durant moving to the Warriors, Golden State is considered the heavy favorite to advance to the finals next season. Cleveland might just meet them there again for a third championship meeting in three consecutive seasons.
If they do meet in the NBA Finals and if LeBron James manages to beat the Warriors again for the championship next season, the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate will rage on.
This time, with LeBron’s backers having enough evidence that the argument has legit legs to being considered as the G.O.A.T.
After all, LeBron James will be beating a powerhouse team composed of other great players in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green AND Kevin Durant.