Bill Laimbeer Cannot Be Trusted in LeBron James-Michael Jordan GOAT Discussion
By Mark Powell
Bill Laimbeer's opinions on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls should always be taken with a grain of salt, as any NBA historian can tell you.
With MJ's latest documentary set to be released on ESPN in only a matter of days, the former Detroit Piston Bad Boy took yet another shot at the GOAT, stating that LeBron James is a better player than Jordan ever was.
The Jordan-James debate is a real one, and a fun conversation we should embrace without bias. Unfortunately for Laimbeer, that's where he falls short.
Those Pistons were long viewed as a brick wall sitting between Jordan and his first NBA Title. Once he finally overcame them in 1991 via a clean sweep, MJ had finally slain his dragon, and won his first chip.
Laimbeer is still salty towards Jordan -- this much is obvious. It's part of what made his role on those Pistons so special. He wasn't afraid to take shots -- and we mean literal ones given his era -- at any of the game's greatest. MJ was no exception, hence the 'Jordan Rules' that Detroit patented from the late 80's until they were finally defeated in '91.
The man was nasty, and even though it's been decades since his retirement as a player, he's not above meddling in discussions he has no business entering in the first place.
LeBron is great, but Laimbeer's argument doesn't come from a genuine place.