LeBron James doesn’t seem interested in getting into the whole debate about whether he’s better a player than Michael Jordan.
After LeBron won his fourth Finals MVP on Sunday, the Lakers’ superstar delivered a message for his haters.
"I want my damn respect too."
–LeBron James 👑 pic.twitter.com/yswlex0U8M
— ESPN (@espn) October 12, 2020
Many believed LeBron was talking about people not giving him enough respect when it comes to the debate on whether he’s better than Jordan but LBJ denied that was the case during an interview with Rachel Nichols.
Sat down with LeBron & Anthony Davis for a post-championship conversation – on the partnership that powered the Lakers, whether LeBron wanting some "damn respect" means ranking him over Michael Jordan, plus just how much of a long-term future they both see for themselves in LA: pic.twitter.com/R0zU4cMGRH
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 12, 2020
That’s not for me to question, or wonder, or debate. I think that’s what you guys will do,” “For me personally, I just have a way that I play the game. I have a way that I lead. I have a way that I challenge my guys and challenge myself. But more importantly, at the end of my career, I just hope I made a lot of people proud, for the way I approach the game. That’s all that matters to me. There’s going to be debates. That’s what it’s all about. We call it barbershop talk. People are going to do it.”
LeBron went on to profess his love for Jordan and said the debate was up to fans and the media to figure out.
You guys know how much I love Michael Jordan, I wear number 23 because of Michael Jordan, when I got my first pair of Jordan’s, you couldn’t tell me nothing, so ya’ll can do the debates, ya’ll can figure that out.
"You guys know how much I love Michael Jordan. I wear No. 23 because of Michael Jordan…Y’all can do the debates. Ya’ll can figure that out."
– LeBron James on the GOAT debate
(🎥 ESPN) pic.twitter.com/T3kwHhKab6
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 12, 2020
What it’s interesting about LeBron’s recent comments is that just last year he declared himself the GOAT for coming back and beating the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA finals on his HBO show “The Barbershop.”
TI was ecstatic to win one for Cleveland after 52-year drought…That one right there made me the greatest player of all-time, everyone was talking about they were the greatest team ever assembled and the way we came back in that fashion, I was like, you did something special.
LeBron can deny it all he wants, but he’s definitely trying to prove he’s better than Jordan at this point of his career.