Like it or not, the LeBron James and Michael Jordan debate will most likely continue forever.
Who will go down as the greatest ever?
There’s simply no right or wrong answer, but nonetheless, it’s been one of the most talked-about sports topics in recent memory.
Since the two legends will essentially be joined at the hip from this point forward, anytime that LeBron ties or passes Jordan, it will become especially magnified. One of them will most likely be tied on Wednesday.
When LeBron scored the 10th of his 18 points in Wednesday night’s loss to the Miami Heat, it was his 865th-straight regular-season game scoring in double-figures. Jordan holds the all-time record of 866.
Ironically, James will presumably be able to tie MJ’s record in front of him since the Cavs will take on the Hornets in Charlotte. If he continues the streak in that contest, he will have the chance to break the impressive mark on Sunday in Cleveland against the struggling Mavericks.
A couple years ago, LeBron admitted that at this point in his career, he’s chasing Jordan.
"It's a personal goal," James told The Associated Press in 2016. "I just never brought it up. It's my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody's personal goal.”
"If you work for any company or you work for any designer or anywhere, you're like, 'Oh, I aspire to be that guy because he's done it right.' He's the greatest and that's who you look at," he said. "So that's always been my personal goal, to use the motivation he gave me as a kid and I'll use it as motivation now as well that I want to get to where he is. That's never changed. People kind of wanted to turn it into a conversation, but that's my personal goal and that's where I land at.”
Although it’s obvious that LeBron’s idolization of Jordan has led to a great deal of success, it seems that Jordan’s love of James might not be as strong. When asked to rank LeBron among the all-time greats, he made it clear that championships mean more than anything else to him.
"Would I rank LeBron over Kobe in terms of best of all time? No. There's something about five that beats three. Now he may be better than that, but Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three,” MJ said last year.
Regardless, the amazing streak is another testament to how incredibly consistent and resourceful James has been as a scorer over the years. Although he has been heralded for his well-rounded overall game that also includes record numbers of rebounds and assists to go along with all of the points that he has amassed, LeBron has simply found a way to show up for his team in the scoring column every night.
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