Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James.
Two eras. Two players that have changed the game, but only one can be the greatest of all-time.
With the documentary "The Last Dance," Michael Jordan and everything he and the Bulls accomplished has sparked a ton of discussion.
And on the latest episode of the Talkin' Blazers podcast with Channing Frye, the discussion continued.
Not gonna lie, I wasn’t a Jordan fan. I’m from Phoenix [Arizona]. I’m a [Charles] Barkley guy, a Kevin Johnson guy, I’m a ‘Thunder Dan’ [Dan Majerle] guy. So, as much as everyone is shocked, I never had Jordan on my top player of all-time anyways… I have LeBron above Michael all time. -- Channing Frye
Woah! Hot take, Channing!
But, it didn't stop there.
He only had really one job. And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate. But, I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now. Guys wouldn’t want to play with him. -- Channing Frye
Of course, one has to look at where Frye may be coming from. Growing up, Jordan handled the Suns in 1993. Frye was 10 years old at the time. If Jordan beat your favorite team, would you want to give him any more credit than he's already gotten?
Frye also had an up close and personal view of LeBron James. The two were teammates in Cleveland, they were in the trenches together. They even won a championship together in 2016!
So one has to take it with a grain of salt and potential biases. Would Frye's perception of Michael Jordan be different if they were teammates and played during the same era?
Jordan is a 10-time scoring champion and averaged just over 30 points per game over the course of his 15-year NBA career. Those averages increased to 33.4 ppg in the playoffs.
LeBron has played more and won more playoff games. He has more overall assists, rebounds blocks, etc. But, some will look at championships won as the end all, be all. Jordan has 6, LeBron 3. MJ was perfect in his Finals appearances and never played in a Game 7.
One can make a strong case for either.
It's obvious that this discussion is never going to be agreed upon and its allegiances are seemingly generational.
One thing we can count on, for sure: The takes on this debate will remain hot and the responses will be even hotter.
Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.