It’s disrespectful to put LeBron James in the same category as Michael Jordan, per Marreese Speights

LeBron James, Michael Jordan
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Former NBA champion Marreese Speights expanded his thoughts on LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparison that caused the NBA internet go wild.

Speights listed his top three players of all time in a recent blog post on BasketballNews. “As of right now, my order is Michael Jordan at No. 1, Kobe Bryant at No. 2 and LeBron James at No. 3. That’s as of right now,” he wrote.

He then went on to explain why comparing LeBron and Jordan at this point is disrespectful to the Chicago Bulls legend. According to Speights, such comparisons cannot be made while James’ playing career has not ended.

“I think the LeBron vs. MJ stuff is annoying as hell. You can’t really compare these guys right now, man. That’s disrespecting the career that Jordan had. At this point, I don’t think you can compare the two. I don’t think you could put them in the same category right now. When Bron’s career is over, then we can go back and talk about that. When a guy is still playing, you can’t say, “He’s the best player to ever play the game.” You can’t do that. Everybody has their own opinion, but some people have never played the game of basketball or touched the court and you can tell. You cannot put that man in the same category as MJ right now. When his career is over, that’s a whole different story. But right now, while he’s still playing, you can’t do that,” Speights wrote in his blog post.

As of right right now, LeBron has four championships with 10 Finals appearances. Meanwhile, Jordan is 6-0 in the Finals, winning them in two three-peats.