The greatest debate in modern NBA history is who the greatest of all time is: Michael Jordan or LeBron James.
Over the years, many have come out and offered their takes on the subject. Allen Iverson has done it. Dwyane Wade has done it. Rich Paul has done it. Heck, even former President Donald Trump has done it.
Everyone has their own unique perspective on what the answer is.
That said, as Kevin Durant mentioned recently, it’s an impossible question to answer because the two never played against each other.
But what if they did?
A few years back, Jordan spoke to Wright Thompson of ESPN and revealed that he knew exactly how to stop James.
“I study him,” Jordans said.
“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.”
How would that strategy have worked out for Jordan? It’s impossible to say for certain. But he’s certainly not the first person to think about things in those terms.
Kobe Bryant also famously outlined how he’d fare against James in a one-on-one battle.
At the end of the day, Jordan and James will never square off. So it’s impossible to know how a match-up between them would go. It will go down as one of basketball’s greatest question marks.
That said, the fact that Jordan has thought about it is telling. He views James as an equal, or at least close to it.
And that’s a massive compliment in itself.