Even though LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs this season, it didn’t change former Detroit Pistons big man Bill Laimbeer’s thoughts about who is the greatest of all time (GOAT).
“I will take LeBron James every day of the week,” he said when comparing the King to Michael Jordan during his appearance this week on “The Odd Couple” with Rob Parker and Chris Broussard of Fox Sports Radio.
Laimbeer had said the same thing in 2017 when James was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, pointing to his game which is beyond just scoring.
The former Pistons enforcer is the furthest thing from an objective source. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the showdowns between the Detroit teams and Jordan’s Chicago Bulls defined the Eastern Conference playoffs and were known for being physically grueling battles.
Detroit eliminated Chicago in the 1989 and 1990 Eastern Conference Finals. After that the Bulls swept the Pistons in the 1991 rematch. The Pistons had famously walked off the court without even shaking hands following their 1991 loss.
Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in a decade after they vanquished the Pistons.
While the debate for the greatest of all times continues among NBA fans, James will need a much needed help on the Lakers to catch up to Jordan’s six titles.