How would LeBron James and Michael Jordan have worked as a duo? Fantastic, believes “King James” – and far better than Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Is LeBron James better than Michael Jordan? Among NBA fans this is an eternal and idle discussion – and “King James” has brought some variety to the hype surrounding the Jordan documentary “The Last Dance”.
On Monday, the superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers discussed another fantasy scenario on YouTube channel Uninterrupted: What would have happened if he and “MJ” had been teammates?
LeBron: Would be the better Pippen
He would think a lot about what would have come out if Jordan, the best shooting guard of all time, and he as a prime example of a “point forward” – a great player with game building qualities – had formed a duo.
From James’ point of view, this would have been – you can guess – a great thing: “The way I play, I think my skills fit perfectly with Michael’s game. He is a destroyer. The way he hit the baskets and scored, plus my passing game and ability to read the game and the plays.”
The small forward at Jordan’s side for many years was Scottie Pippen, whom LeBron praised on one hand – and on the other hand made it clear that he felt he was in a completely different sphere: “I saw what Scottie could do with Mike. Pip was one of my favourite players. I just think it would have been a whole different level with me as a point forward alongside Mike.”
LeBron likes Jordan’s leadership style
The fact that Jordan also had his rough sides would not have been a problem between the two, according to James.
The anecdote that Jordan once slapped Steve Kerr in the face – which in retrospect he judged a successful stress test and thus a strengthening of their relationship – is another story that James finds himself in.
“I really like it when a teammate challenges me,” said the 35-year-old. He had gotten along well with the announcements of his companion Dwyane Wade at the Miami Heat, and the personal chemistry with Jordan was certainly right.