Chicago Bulls: LeBron’s agent thinks MJ couldn’t have done what he did in 2016

Rich Paul, LeBron James (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Rich Paul, LeBron James (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images) /

Former Chicago Bulls Hall-of-Fame shooting guard Michael Jordan got some disrespect from LeBron’s agent Rich Paul following the 2016 NBA Finals.

The ongoing GOAT debate rages on after the Los Angeles Lakers and superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis cleared the Miami Heat in six games to win the NBA Finals in the bubble at Disney World. LeBron and the top-seeded Lakers (out of the Western Conference) took down the five-seed Heat and former Chicago Bulls star shooting guard/small forward Jimmy Butler in a convincing Game 6 win to clinch the series, by the final score of 106-93.

And whenever there’s good things that happen for LeBron, there’s usually some comparisons that surface alongside the Bulls all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan. LeBron just got his fourth NBA Championships, and his fourth Finals MVP after the Lakers beat the Heat on Oct. 11.

Those are impressive marks for LeBron’s great NBA career without a doubt. But they still don’t come all that close to matching what Jordan did in a shorter span of time, with less chances, during the dynasty years with the Bulls in the 1990’s.

That didn’t stop LeBron’s agent a few years ago, Rich Paul, from comparing him alongside Jordan in one lofty regard. When LeBron won his third title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, his agent apparently told Chris Broussard that it was something that Jordan wouldn’t be able to do if he were ever in the same circumstances.

Paul apparently said specifically that “You know he’s the greatest ever now! You know he the GOAT! Jordan couldn’t have done that!!”, which likely isn’t the most accurate statement. But this is one of those situations where you can’t really tell how it would fall each way for LeBron and Jordan.

They obviously played in different eras in the NBA, and that 2016 Finals comeback over the dynasty Warriors was something that will live long in the league’s lore. LeBron deserves a lot of props for that title he got with the Cavs in 2016.

Nonetheless, it will be difficult for LeBron to even match the number of titles that Jordan had during his playing days in the NBA. LeBron is still two titles short, and he’s not getting any younger heading into what will be a shortened 2020 offseason.

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LeBron and Jordan should each be appreciated in their own right. This Lakers team was a lot of fun to watch during their 2020 NBA Finals run. And it was also nice to see the former Bulls star “Jimmy G. Buckets” make a Cinderella run through the playoffs in his first season with the Heat.