LeBron James Beats Michael Jordan As The ‘Grandfather’ in NBA Duel and Boosting His Claim as The GOAT

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    The ongoing discussion about the NBA’s greatest of all time (GOAT) has discovered a fresh point for those who consider LeBron James superior to Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant.

    FILE PHOTO: Feb 2, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
    1. How old is LeBron James?



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    Reigniting the Debate: Comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James Across Eras

    Over the past two decades, Michael Jordan has been widely regarded as the foremost figure in the eyes of many fans and analysts, owing to his groundbreaking impact on the NBA’s media landscape, his unparalleled skill set that redefined the game, his global influence on basketball, and notably, his six championship victories with the Chicago Bulls.

    FILE PHOTO: Basketball – NBA – Charlotte Hornets v Milwaukee Bucks – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – January 24, 2020 Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan during a pre match press conference REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

    Certainly, when considering achievements, it’s imperative to acknowledge the remarkable Bill Russell, who secured an astounding 11 NBA championship rings during his 13-year tenure with the Boston Celtics. Additionally, there’s Wilt Chamberlain, a titan of basketball, who continues to hold the record for the highest single-game scoring performance with 100 points, along with numerous other records that remain unchallenged. Undoubtedly, those were distinct eras in the sport’s history.

    The late Kobe Bryant’s legacy is also a contender in this discussion. With five championship rings to his name and a game style often likened to Michael Jordan’s, Bryant’s tragic passing in a helicopter crash in 2020 only added to the mystique surrounding his unique talent.

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    FILE PHOTO: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

    However, this season has reignited the debate between two titans of the game: Michael Jordan and LeBron James, depending on one’s perspective, either the second or third in this discourse. LeBron James, often referred to as the Akron colossus, boasts four championship rings, holds the title of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 40,446 points, and has accumulated numerous accolades. Yet, it’s perhaps his longevity that most prominently places him in contention for the podium.

    Entering his 21st NBA season at 39 years old—an age where most athletes in active sports are either in their twilight years or struggling—LeBron James continues to deliver exceptional performances, cementing his status as a basketball icon.

    LeBron’s Statistical Brilliance and Ongoing Passion Amidst Challenges

    LeBron’s statistics at the age of 39 indeed surpass those of his greatest rival, Michael Jordan. In the recently concluded regular season, James maintained impressive averages of 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists, showcasing remarkable efficiency with shooting percentages of 54% from the field, 41% from beyond the arc, and 75% from the free-throw line.

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    Comparatively, at the same age of 39, Michael Jordan’s numbers with the Washington Wizards were slightly lower, with averages of just under 20 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. Jordan’s shooting percentages stood at 45% from the field, 29% from three-point range, and 82% from the free-throw line.

    Jan 15, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Arena. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    LeBron’s perceived decline, if it can even be labeled as such, is statistically more impressive than that of ‘Air’ Jordan. His recent statements about his desire to share at least one season and locker room with his son, Bronny James, shed light on his enduring passion for the game. This ongoing commitment fuels a debate that a fierce competitor like LeBron is unwilling to concede.

    LeBron James and the Lakers have encountered a string of challenges throughout this NBA season, seemingly unable to catch a break. Just as they start to glimpse a path to the playoffs or at least the play-in tournament, Anthony Davis arrives as the harbinger of bad news.

    “The Brow” had to leave the game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to back pain, a moment made apparent when he approached the commentators’ table to converse with LeBron James.

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