Steve Kerr says LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the "two best players I've ever witnessed"

2017 NBA Finals - Game Four

The never-ending Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate has gathered a lot of momentum this season after the latter's incredible individual campaign.

James led the Cavs to their fourth straight Finals appearance despite a difficult year where their roster was overhauled midway through the regular season.

It was regarded as the weakest Cavaliers team he'd been a part of in the last four years and the achievement of getting them that far was regarded by some as the best of his career.

The lack of talent on the Cleveland roster eventually told in the Finals as they were easily swept by the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

This has led to some people stating that LeBron can no longer be compared to MJ after suffering this embarrassing loss to the Warriors but Steve Kerr is not of that opinion.

First-hand experience

After playing alongside one and coaching against the other on so many occasions, the Dubs head coach knows just how great they both are better than most.

Having masterminded the 4-0 series win over the Cavs, the Dubs head coach was full of praise for the King and once again mentioned him in the same breath as his legendary former Chicago Bulls teammate.

"I get asked all the time about MJ, LeBron, and it's such a difficult question to ask," Kerr said, per USA Today. "All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed. They're very different, but however you want to rank them, they're right there together."

2017 NBA Finals - Game Four

The Warriors have run into James for four consecutive years in the Finals and although they've got the better of him on three occasions, his individual numbers and performances over those four series have been truly remarkable.


The men from the Bay Area have had no answer for the four-time MVP and although they managed to sweep his Cavs team this year, Kerr still recognises his dominance on the floor.

"Well, he's terrifying," Kerr said. "He really is. Every time he comes down the court, getting downhill, you just know he's either going to get to the rim or he's going to find one of his shooters for a three-point shot.

"He's added the three-point threat. When we came here three years ago in the first meeting, we weren't fearful of his shot. We were fearful of his power and his penetration and his passing, but now you fear everything.

2018 NBA Finals - Game Four

"I think maybe the greatest testament to LeBron is that five years ago he was one of the top-five players of all time. From five years ago until now, it seems like he's ten times better, because he's added so much skill to his game."

After the 33-year-old dropped 51 points on the Oakland-based outfit in Game 1, Kerr said he was "playing basketball at a level that I'm not sure anybody's ever seen before".

That was major praise for a player in his 15th season in the league. Opinions will always be split about whether he's better than Jordan but it's unquestionable that he is one of the greatest players the NBA will ever see.

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