If you’re a basketball fan, you are probably aware of the LeBron James/MJ debate. But if you’re not, hell, you probably have an opinion on it anyway. It’s LeBron James, by the way — in case you were wondering. Anyway, my opinion doesn’t matter. It’s meaningless. However, it turns out that I’m not the only one with this opinion. Validation!
Anyway, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey knows who the best ever is. Per ESPN, he says it’s LeBron “by a bit of a big margin.”
Oh, that’s going to make MJ stans happy. Morey doesn’t stop there, however.
“But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he’s had, frankly I think at this point it’s become a bit of a big margin, actually, where he’s come out ahead. I know that’s a little controversial.”
Which brings us to the next question: can his Los Angeles Lakers compete. Probably not this season, but Morey isn’t ever counting the king out. How could you?
“I would expect, I hope, that we’re ahead of them and I would expect Golden State to be ahead of them, but I would never count out a LeBron James team. He is the greatest ever in my mind.”
It’s hard to argue with that. After all, James is coming off his 15th NBA season. And at 33 years of age, he’s still playing at an MVP level. In fact, last season was probably one of his best ever. How does that happen? How can somebody be that good for that long? Daryl Morey knows how: because James is the best ever.
And if you don’t think he’s the best ever, that’s fine. But he’s definitely the best player still playing today. That’s irrefutable. And it will be irrefutable until the day comes where we actually see some regression.
The Lakers just hope that day is a long way off.