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Hakeem Olajuwon says Michael Jordan is far superior to LeBron James

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As long as LeBron James is the NBA's best player, the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron argument will continue.

Jordan has more championships (six) and MVPs (five). LeBron (two titles, four MVPs) still has time to add to his collection.

The latest to weigh in on the debate is former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon, who told CNBC that Jordan was a “far superior player.”

When people start comparing him with Jordan then that's not a fair comparison. Jordan was a far more superior player in a very tough league, he was very creative," former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon told CNBC's Worldwide Exchange.

"That's not taking away anything from LeBron because he is a great player but it is not a fair comparison because Jordan is a far superior player."

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One thing to consider when comparing Jordan and James is the time each came around. Jordan spent four years at North Carolina, honing his skills before arriving in the NBA. That means a few things:

  • Jordan was more mature and prepared when he arrived in the league

  • Since LeBron spent those four years in the NBA, his overall scoring totals and records will be higher.

  • Jordan's averages should be higher because he didn't go through struggles at age 18 in the league.

  • LeBron will spend more of his prime athletic years in the NBA than Jordan

  • At similar ages, LeBron's numbers should be better. At similar years of experience in the NBA, Jordan's numbers should be better

Who else debated it?

Pretty much everyone has an opinion on the debate. Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew) believes LeBron is already better.

Charles Barley, who has said along with plenty of players from his era that Jordan is better, said this summer that he sees similarities in both.

“I just don’t think you can beat LeBron James. He’s like Michael Jordan to me. I’m not comparing the two, but he’s just better than everybody else.”

Back in 2012, Barkley did say LeBron had a shot at being better than Jordan eventually.

"I do think he can be better than Michael," Barkley said. "I thought I would never compare somebody to Michael Jordan. But this guy, LeBron James, he does everything well. Michael did everything well. LeBron James is just bigger, stronger, faster. That's the only difference."

Jordan has stated himself that he believes he could beat LeBron 1-on-1.

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LeBron James
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