Chicago Bulls: Breaking down the Jordan vs. LeBron debate

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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James? The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers meet yet again in this ever-ongoing GOAT debate.

There’s just so much that goes into the debate between who’s the greatest NBA player of all-time. Realistically, if Los Angeles Lakers superstar forward LeBron James wins two more titles, he will have a real debate with Chicago Bulls all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan as to who is the real GOAT. If nothing else, LeBron should finish his career as the second best NBA player of all-time. He’s got to be considered better than the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, etc.

The Bulls had the glorious years of watching Jordan dominate the NBA for the better part of an entire decade. Now Lakers fans are hoping for the same for a few years in the latter stretch of LeBron’s NBA career. And LeBron is playing alongside a fellow potential future Hall-of-Famer with big man Anthony Davis.

A debate that tends to rage on year-by-year, no matter if there’s a novel coronavirus pandemic-induced NBA season hiatus, is the classic LeBron vs. MJ argument. With COVID-19 effectively shutting down most of the relevant sports news cycle of late, the LeBron-Jordan debate helps to fill some time.

The upcoming release of the hyped up ESPN 10-part documentary series “The Last Dance” is fueling even more debate regarding LeBron vs. Jordan. The Last Dance will focus on the final run for the Jordan-led Bulls teams in the 1990’s. More specifically, it focuses on the 1997-98 Bulls title team.

LeBron could soon be facing his final run in the NBA, so there’s ample reason for this debate. Let’s take a more wholesome look at it from the perspective of regular season and playoff advanced stats.