Isiah Thomas joined the fellas at “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago and entered the Jordan vs LeBron debate.
“They’re both great players, and they’re both great in their eras, “Thomas said. “In my era, we hadn’t seen an athlete quite like Michael Jordan. He jumped higher than everyone else. He was a little faster than everyone else and he was just the best athlete.”
“LeBron James is the best athlete of today, and he’s probably a better athlete than Michael Jordan was. He’s bigger, he’s faster, he’s stronger.” Isiah continued.
Magic Johnson said that Jordan would beat LeBron in a one-on-one game, Isiah said it depends.
“Now when you put them out on the floor to compete against each other in different eras, it depends on which rules you’re playing with and which coach you’re being coached by,” Isiah said. “So there’s a lot that really goes into it.’
“Had Micheal Jordan not met Phil Jackson, would Michael Jordan be Michael Jordan today had he stayed with (Stan) Albeck and Doug Collins, and they were great coaches, but I think Jackson had a lot to do with his success. LeBron right now seems to be in the right situation with the right coach with right players and his talent is being exposed and its flourishing.”