We always want to debate some frivolous topic, like who’s the best running back to ever play football, or who’s the best rapper ever.
At the same time in such dubious arguments, we find the need to craft the statistics that favor the athlete or musician that we have a bias for.
In the Jordan vs Lebron argument, Jordan fans will instantly gravitate to the statistic of 6-0 in the finals (for Jordan) vs 3-5 (for Lebron).
The biggest flaw in this argument is that we’re in an era of the “super-team.” The couple of comparable teams in the Jordan era was the 85-88 Celtics, which featured four Hall of Famers (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton and Robert Parish).
A fair subjective analysis is that Jordan faced tougher road to get to the finals than Lebron, whilst Lebron faced tougher finals match-ups. Which likely explains why Lebron has made it to the finals 8 times (and counting) to Jordan’s 6 finals’ appearances.
Points-per-game, assists and other stats really doesn’t mean much when comparing legends, because they faced different competition. It’s truly incomparable. Lebron never faced guys like Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson, and Jordan never faced guys like James Harden and Kevin Durant.
We’re talking about different players, from different era’s, different competition, different sets of rules, and so on and so forth. Plus we’re ignoring the greatness of players like Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, and so on.
Stop the petty ridiculous arguments, and just enjoy the greatness. Nobody can objectively say one is better than another. You just can’t; so stop it. I’m talking to you Michael Greenberg and all the pundits that are being paid to do an objective opinion whilst displaying obvious biases.
Ten to fifteen years from now people will be arguing these same arguments for/against the next big star that’s dominating the league.