Bill Laimbeer is a fool for taking LeBron James over Michael Jordan

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The news and idea behind Bill Laimbeer bitterly stating that LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan is utterly dumbfounding.

In an interesting and confusing TMZ report that emerged on April 25, a former member of the “Bad Boys” teams in the late 1980’s and 1990’s with the Detroit Pistons, Bill Laimbeer, took yet another public shot at Hall-of-Fame Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan. The “greatest player of all-time” debate usually ends with most people choosing Michael Jordan over the current Los Angeles Lakers and former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat superstar forward LeBron James.

There’s no doubting the greatness of both LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Even with a few good years left in store with the Lakers, LeBron James is already considered easily among the top three greatest NBA players of all-time.

In all likelihood, the greatest of all-time debate will boil down to LeBron James and Michael Jordan for the foreseeable future. The emergence of the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo could unseat LeBron James as the NBA’s best player at the moment. That could be a permanent change in the NBA.

However, King James was the NBA’s best for a long time and has a laundry list of hardware and accolades to his name. LeBron is a four-time MVP, three time NBA Champion, and 15-time All-Star selection. He should be without a doubt an instant Hall-of-Fame inductee when he’s eligible and retired.

Yet, LeBron is still a while away from reaching some of the milestones that the likely greatest player of all-time Michael Jordan was able to claim during his prestigious NBA career. MJ is a six-time NBA Champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, 14-time All-Star selection, and 11-time All-NBA Team selection.

It’s those elusive six-NBA Titles that still separate the greatness of LeBron and Michael. And the fact that LeBron couldn’t even make the playoffs in his first season with a storied franchise like the Lakers definitely hurt his legacy for the time being.

However, whenever a player from the Pistons “Bad Boys” days like Bill Laimbeer pitches in his opinion and it blows up like this, it tends to be without a logical point. Bill Laimbeeer told TMZ that:  “If he was in our generation, he would’ve been by far the greatest that you’ve saw in your entire, whole world.”

This is a weird point since the game was much more physical back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when Bill Laimbeer and Michael Jordan would meet in some of those great Bulls-Pistons rivalries. LeBron James doesn’t really thrive in overly physical games. He’s not the biggest flopper in the NBA now, but he certainly got called out for that tendency in the past.

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If this is the idea that Bill Laimbeer is working off of to choose King James over MJ, he’s pretty far off the mark. His sole point to the idea doesn’t make sense and it just ignites a flame between two old rivals that seems to still be relevant across the country.