SI's Robin Lundberg reacts to the conclusion of docu-series and explains why the 'Jordan vs. LeBron' conversation is alive and well.
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Robin Lundberg: No, The Last Dance did not end the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate. Don’t be ridiculous. The first thing ESPN did after it ended was release a poll comparing the two and that conversation is the only thing I’ve seen for weeks.
It’s almost as if reminding people of MJ’s position for said debate was the sole reason it was made, especially considering the report Jordan only okayed it on the day of the Cavs championship parade in 2016, a moment LeBron said made him the greatest to ever play. Now, I will say just like in his career, it certainly feels like Michael came through in the clutch again. We all needed something and in flew Air Jordan like the real life superhero he is. And his already legendary career packaged and edited for maximum impact and put to music was certainly effective.
It even had respondents to that poll I mentioned saying Jordan was the better passer and had a more positive impact off the court. Word? It’s almost as if it was the Michael Jordan of propaganda. But here’s the thing, unlike MJ, LeBron is still playing. And James on the Lakers is not Jordan on the Wizards. He is still the best player in the NBA in year 17. While one could already easily argue LeBron is the most valuable player in league history, he has a chance to add to his legendary resume with a good shot at passing Kareem as the league’s all time leading scorer while also moving toward top five on the assists list.
And if he wins a title in LA. Personally, I would like to thank Michael Jordan for the entertainment and the content during this time, but if you think the documentary is The Last Dance for Jordan vs LeBron, then I’m a meme of MJ looking at a laptop screen.