Gary Payton weighs in on LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparison | First Take | ESPN

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  • Published on:  6/4/2018
  • Gary Payton joins First Take and weighs in on the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparison.

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  • Arthur Dalton (Jun 6, 2018)

    The only reason the "debate" exists is because we Still want Michael Jordan....and Still haven't found another one yet. And we never will. #legend

  • Duckrockerz4life (5 days ago)

    Well older players like scottie, clyde frazier, karl malone always talk about wilt... maybe we havent found another wilt, russell and kareem. The guys who came before jordan are slept on

  • Sand Man (Jun 7, 2018)

    I remember seeing Jordan be the Best Offensive and Defensive player on the court numerous times, cant say the same about Lebron.

  • Duckrockerz4life (5 days ago)

    He was in the 2016 finals and he lead both teams in every statsitical category.... he guarded drose the league mvp as a pf

  • Donna Morgan (Jun 5, 2018)

    Michael Jordan wanted to snatch your heart out basketball wise for his own mental satisfaction. Kobe calls it mamba mentality

  • Leodis Jackson (Feb 21, 2019)

    lebron doesn"t have or show it

  • Dennis Leavitt (Jan 23, 2019)

    If anything... Lebron is more like Magic (same height and playing style). As is Kobe is Jordan!!!!

  • bongkoi (Jun 5, 2018)

    There’s been a lot of noise lately about LeBron perhaps passing Jordan as the G.O.A.T. There’s no doubt that LeBron is all-time great - in my opinion, there’s a solid argument that he might land at #2 on that list. But when the numbers are laid down, sorry kids...it ain’t close. From a post on KSR:Jordan vs LeBronUpdated after Lebrons 14th season. Michael Jordan has:•3 more rings•3 more final mvps•1 more DPOY•1 more season MVP•9 more scoring titles•3 more steals leader•3 more all defensive t...

  • Howie Choi (Feb 20, 2019)

    +David Tucker who would you want to take the last shot of the game for the win? MJ, Larry, Magic, Kareem, or LeBron? LeBron would be the last one to get a chance for the last shot to anyone that knows basketball... LeBron may make top 10 and shouldn't be included in GOAT conversation..

  • Howie Choi (Feb 20, 2019)

    LeBron is top 10 at best... Would you want LeBron to take last shot of the game for the win over Magic, Larry, MJ, or Kareem? Answer should be no, LeBron would be the last one to have a chance at last shot out of those names.... He maybe top 10...

  • Shiranui Aensland (Jun 4, 2018)

    38-year-old MJ once shut down Vince Carter to zero points in the 2nd half. Though that was before the former's knee surgery.

  • Gmannn15 (Jun 9, 2018)

    Shiranui Aensland https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/08/sports/basketball/lebron-nba-finals.html

  • Torris Smith Jr (Jun 8, 2018)

    Torenzo Gregory lol exactly and Jordan broke a record at age 40 in which every 40 yr old man must break in the NBA bro at this point he has no argument. And to include the schooling his own"fans" both NBA players and shid fans...

  • Rob Chesley (Jun 14, 2018)

    So MJ wasnt asked to do a lot for his team? Hey jordan go shut this guy down, oh an keep these 2 or 3 defenders busy with relentless scoring ... oh an hey MJ, though everyone on the other team, in the arena, an the whole world for that matter..knows your gonna get the ball in the next 5 sec an take the win or lose shot...we need you to out manuver the tripple team an win it for us...again....an again....an again...

  • Tracy Miller (Dec 12, 2018)

    Rob Chesley I agreed. This is a whiney, soft generation of players!

  • Tracy Miller (Dec 12, 2018)

    Rob Chesley LeBron James doesn't do "too much"! He doesn't guard the other team's best player because he can't! If he had the talent to do it, his coaches would put him there. THEY DON'T.

  • Roberto Nocturno (Jun 6, 2018)

    Lebron to me will never be MJ

  • Dennis Leavitt (Jan 23, 2019)

    Absolutely, his mindset is “let’s be friends!” Jordan’s...... “I want to rip your throat out and destroy you!” (And maybe we can be friends off the court and go gamble and play golf together! Like with Barkley)

  • raymond cabrera (Dec 23, 2018)

    never ever!

  • Janasky Fleming (Jun 5, 2018)

    GP used the term “mindset” more than once. THAT is the difference and that is why MJ is THAT Guy

  • Janasky Fleming (Jun 16, 2018)

    ScubaSteve No doubt

  • ScubaSteve (Jun 16, 2018)

    It's called Heart

  • funkyflights (Jun 5, 2018)

    Lebron is a great player, but people thinking he’s Jordan’s level have low basketball IQ’s ....

  • Dennis Leavitt (Jan 23, 2019)

    Remy...... lol, you sound like a salty aF weak ass millennial! You under 35 huh!! YOU NEVER SAW JORDAN PLAY SON!!!!! If you watched those three peats and the way other players talked about Jordan with God-like respect..... you’d shut the f**k up with this weak ass comparison to Jordan!!!! ITS NOT EVEN CLOSE, JORDAN IS THE GOAT BY ALOT!!!!

  • Remy (Jan 21, 2019)

    +James Larosa even skip bayless says LBJ has highest bball IQ of all time

  • KCJ (Jun 4, 2018)

    The Glove, GP one of my favorites of all time.

  • scoobydooby stevearooney (Aug 17, 2018)

    He's a beast in 2k

  • James Jones (Jun 20, 2018)

    KCJ jones g James