Pundits and fans alike love to compare LeBron James and Michael Jordan. They enjoy debating who was the superior player or which of the two would have bested the other in a series. While it is certainly interesting to consider how the two all-time greats would have fared against each other, it's equally as interesting to think how they might have fit together on the same squad.
LeBron himself has pondered their fit together, and he thinks that he would have been an ideal teammate for Jordan due to his natural skill set -- a pass-first forward with excellent court vision and supreme athleticism.
"Me personally, the way I play the game -- team first -- I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike," James said in a video released Monday on Uninterrupted's YouTube channel, via ESPN. "Mike is an assassin. When it comes to playing the game of basketball, scoring the way he scored the ball, [then] my ability to pass, my ability to read the game plays and plays and plays in advance.
"I saw the things [Scottie Pippen] was able to do with Mike. I just think it would've been a whole 'nother level," James added. "Pip was one of my favorite players ... It would've been a whole nother level with me being a point forward, with me being that point forward alongside of him during those Chicago runs."
It's tough to disagree with James there. Considering the fact that he is one of the most gifted passers that the game has ever seen, and Jordan arguably the most dominant scorer of all time, it certainly seems as though their games would complement each other well. But while James would have loved an opportunity to suit up alongside Jordan, he also would have relished a chance to compete against him, and the other greats from his era.
"I love the greats and would have loved to play with them all during their runs because I a historian of the game but I also would die to compete vs every single one of them too!," James tweeted Monday night. "Don't ever get it twisted! Nevertheless, MJ Thank You for being my angel, inspiration, superhero!!"
Like most basketball fans born in the 1980s, LeBron grew up idolizing Jordan as he has stated repeatedly in the past. James wears the No. 23 because of Jordan and he has previously credited the Bulls legend with globalizing the game.
"MJ made the game global," James said in December of 2018. "He made people all over the world want to watch the game of basketball because of his marketability, because of the way he played the game of basketball, because of who he was. He kind of transcended that era. We needed [Larry] Bird and Magic [Johnson] when they came into the league. It was fitting. It was perfect timing for Magic to be with the Lakers and Bird to be with the Celtics and all the battles that they went through.
"And then when M.J. came in in '84 and started to do what he did, he made the game global. And obviously that '92 Barcelona run that the Dream Team had, it just solidified why he was the best athlete in the world to do as such. And then between M.J. and David Stern, they turned it into what it is today, and guys like Adam Silver and myself are just trying to keep it going."
While a whole lot of youngsters grew up idolizing Michael Jordan, very few went on to be mentioned in the same sentence as him when it comes to career quality. And considering the fact that James is still producing at an extremely high level and could go on to add more hardware to his already gaudy collection, it's safe to say that the comparisons between the two aren't going to stop any time soon, if ever.