Throughout basketball history, most people have considered Michael Jordan to be the greatest NBA player of all time. More recently, some say that LeBron James could take that distinction away from him.
But if there’s an aspect of the game where Jordan clearly stands above James, it’s the defense. Michael was one of the few guards to be named Defensive Player of the Year and was a lockdown stopper throughout his career.
That’s why, back in 2013, the Chicago Bulls legend admitted that he had broken down LeBron James’ offensive repertoire, and explained how would he guard him if they had to face off in the league.
Michael Jordan Explains How Would He Guard LeBron James
“I study him [LeBron James]. When LeBron goes right, he usually drives; when he goes left, he usually shoots a jumper. It has to do with his mechanics and how he loads the ball for release. So, if I have to guard him, I’m gonna push him left 9 out 10 times. If he goes right he’s going to the hole and I can’t stop him. So, I ain’t letting him go right,” Jordan told ESPN.
LeBron is bigger and stronger than Jordan, so he’d likely try and post him up or drive from the top of the key. His physical advantage would make it impossible for the GOAT to prevent him from getting to the rim.
But Jordan’s savviness, quick hands, and lateral quickness could be a nightmare even for the biggest and strongest players in the league. Maybe Karl Malone knows a thing or two about what I’m saying.
Even so, at the end of the day, this is just make-believe. We don’t know for sure whether LeBron could lock Jordan down or vice versa. But we would gladly pay an absurd sum of money to watch them go one-on-one.
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