Did “The Last Dance” prove Jordan is the G.O.A.T?

By Edwin on May 18, 2020
9 Feb 1997: Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the NBA All-Star game. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport

This Sunday ESPN aired the last two episodes of “The Last Dance” and it probably convinced many people who believe Lebron James is the greatest of all time to think otherwise.

I have always thought that Jordan is the greatest. But this Docu-Series convinced me that James is not close to Jordan.

It is not because he has more titles or MVP’s. It is because he made everyone around him hungry for a goal. A goal that was achieved his last 6 years as a Bull. His commitment to adapt as new competition arrived to threaten his greatness. All of this was done over the course of 14 years with a two year break in the middle.

Lebron James has had a 17 year career with only 3 NBA titles facing lesser competition than Jordan. Lebron is a better athlete than Jordan, but basketball is a team sport. Athleticism will get you so far. “The Last Dance” proved that Jordan was a leader who pushed everyone to aspire to be on his level.

MJ also changed the sport of basketball not only on the court but globally. If it wasn’t for him basketball could still possibly be just another American sport.

Maybe when a doc of Lebron’s final years in Miami where he was in his prime could sway the conversation back to him. But for now MJ is the G.O.A.T.