JR Smith Says LeBron James Overtook Michael Jordan as GOAT 2 Years Ago

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and JR Smith (5) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Phoenix. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 129-107. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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JR Smith weighed in Thursday on the never-ending debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James, telling UNINTERRUPTED that James overtook Jordan in recent years.

"MJ was the greatest of all time, in my opinion, up until two years ago," Smith said. He made the case for James by adding: "The last couple years, at 33 years old, averaging a triple-double a whole month walking into the playoffs. Just hit 31,000 points the other day. Hit 30,000 points earlier this year...8,000 rebounds...8,000 assists..."

You can see his full comments below: 

UNINTERRUPTED @uninterrupted

"Michael was the greatest of all time, in my opinion...up until two years ago." @TheRealJRSmith keeps it real about MJ vs. @KingJames in a wide-ranging interview with @TeamVic and @pr_RWTW. Watch the FULL interview: https://t.co/PXiOQXZ2Eq https://t.co/dgFd2kU0kV

Jordan's resume has always been built around his six championships, five MVPs and 10 scoring titles. He was both one of the greatest offensive juggernauts and perimeter defenders in NBA history.

Meanwhile, James' resume revolves around his ability to dominate all facets of a game and his incredible longevity. At the age of 33, he just played in all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career, averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Cavs.

The three-time champion and four-time MVP has continued to establish himself as an all-time great, though the debate rages on about whether he's supplanted Jordan as the GOAT.


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