Former member of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons team, Bill Laimbeer believes that LeBron James is a better player than Michael Jordan.
“There’s no question that I would take LeBron James, he can do more,” Laimbeer said on the Dan Patrick Show.
Laimbeer went on to explain why James is better than Jordan, whom Laimbeer played against in the 80’s and early 90’s.
“Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to,” Laimbeer said.
“The triple threat that he poses is just phenomenal, and the size he got, he just physically dominates. It’s impressive,” he said.
Laimbeer went on to say that Michael Jordan couldn’t have led the 2014-2015 Cleveland Cavaliers team to the NBA Finals, like LeBron James did.
“LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that, and they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win,” Laimbeer explained.
During his 14-year NBA career, Laimbeer built his reputation as a hard-playing, hard-fouling center for the Detroit Pistons during the team’s glory years, winning back-to-back league titles in 1989 and 1990.
Laimbeer spent 14 years in the NBA, 13 of them with the Detroit Pistons. From 1982-83 season up to 1992-1993, Laimbeer missed only 6 games as a Piston.
Laimbeer averaged double figures in scoring in 10 of his 14 playing seasons, and double-double in rebounding in 7 seasons. Laimbeer was leading the NBA in rebounds in 1983-1984, and 1985-86 seasons. In 1985-1986 Laimbeer averaged 13.1 rebounds per game.
Laimbeer retired from the NBA, after winning two back to back titles with the Pistons in 88-89, 89-90. Career wise, Laimbeer played in 1068 games (861 started), averaging 12.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg in 31.8 minutes of playing time.
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