Move over Tiger King. MJ and The Last Dance have claimed the quarantine TV crown.
To be fair, we’re living in a world without most professional sports. Releasing a docuseries about MJ at a time like this was guaranteed to garner massive success. And ESPN”s The Last Dance has been just that. A glance at the competitor and champion that Michael Jordan was throughout his career, The Last Dance has all but secured MJ’s title of basketball’s GOAT.
MJ vs. The King
While Jordan has been considered the greatest player in NBA history by many for decades, a new player has joined the conversation in recent history. The King, LeBron James. The debate between MJ and James has been a popular topic of discussion, and The Last Dance has perpetuated this conversation further.
So who is better? There is no true measurement to determine who is the greatest of the greats, but the latest ESPN docuseries has led to a wildfire of opinions. Including that of NBA legend Magic Johnson.
Johnson, the Hall of Fame point guard of the Los Angeles Lakers, is among the game’s greatest players. Therefore his opinion on the matter is more relevant than most. In a recent ESPN appearance Johnson discussed the Jordan vs. James conversation. He explained that LeBron James might be the best “all-around” player the NBA has ever seen. Though he still believes that MJ is the greatest player of all time.
Johnson continued that the debate really can’t be had until James hangs up his shoes and steps away from the court. Fair enough.
Barkley Weighs In
Still, the debate is too fun not to have. Another NBA legend, Charles Barkley, gave his two cents on The Lefkoe Show. Barkley has become a well-known personality off the court and declared MJ the greatest while on The Lefkoe Show. He explained that, to him, Lebron James is more comparable to Magic Johnson than MJ. A tremendous compliment still, and an awesome endorsement for MJ supporters.
The Last Dance Isn’t The Last Debate
Whether you weigh greatness by records or titles. MVPs or endorsements and global impacts. The debate is a fascinating one to have. The argument’s legitimacy has grown each season, and with The Last Dance showing the greatness of Michael Jordan to younger fans it’s unlikely that the conversation will reach a firm decision anytime soon.