The release of "The Last Dance" has once again reignited the NBA GOAT debate, as every minuscule moment in the careers of both LeBron James and Michael Jordan gets analyzed to the point of exhaustion in hopes of finally ending the debate at long last.
One feather in LeBron's cap that Jordan fans can't argue against? That LeBron took down the winningest regular season team in league history, the 73-win Golden State Warriors, in the 2016 NBA Finals. Jordan beat up on some good-but-not-immortal teams from the West.
The Los Angeles Lakers team Jordan beat in 1991 wasn't as strong as Pat Riley's Showtime teams of the 80s. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was retired, and Magic Johnson and James Worthy carried a Mike Dunleavy squad that relied heavily on the likes of Byron Scott and Sam Perkins as tertiary scorers.
Portland in 1992 was a case of Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter elevating an average team as far as they could have gone before getting flattened by the Bulls. The next year, a Phoenix Suns group led by Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and Kevin Johnson came close, but Golden State's dominance in the playoffs up until they played LeBron's 2015-16 Cavaliers simply have no peer.
As great as the Gary Payton/Shawn Kemp Seattle SuperSonics teams were in the 90s, and as legendary as the John Stockton/Karl Malone Utah Jazz still are, they couldn't hold a candle to a team in Golden State who boasted the amount of offensive firepower and defensive versatility they had.
King James proceeded to look that 73-9 team dead in the face with no room for error and won three straight game -- two of them on the road -- to overcome a 3-1 deficit and tarnish their legacy in historic fashion.
Whenever Jordan fans poke fun at LeBron's NBA Finals losses, LeBron fans need simply to refer to 2016 to shut them down.
And don't even get us started about all the times MJ's teams got outclassed and eliminated before they even reached the Finals.