Bill Laimbeer Would Take LeBron James Over Michael Jordan 'No Question'

Former Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer just added more fuel to the debate of who's better, LeBron James or Michael Jordan.

Laimbeer said on "The Dan Patrick Show" Thursday that there's "no question" he would take James over Jordan in his prime.

"He can do more," Laimbeer explained in the segment above. (The comments begin at 4:10). "Michael Jordan could score, make big shots, you know, and look spectacular at times ... But LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to or he can score 50 if he wanted to. The triple threat that he poses is phenomenal."

Dan Patrick gave Laimbeer, currently the coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty, room to praise Jordan more, but the former Bad Boy wasn't having it for the most part. He complimented James for leading "role players" on the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals. "Jordan couldn't have led this team to the finals," Laimbeer said.

In another comparison, the ex-Piston opined: "LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that and then they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win."

It should be noted that Laimbeer and Jordan have history. After the the Pistons defeated the Bulls in three straight playoff series between 1988 and 1990, Detroit's Bad Boys walked off the court without acknowledging Jordan and Co. when the Bulls swept them in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.

And then, of course, there was this fist-flying encounter between Laimbeer and Jordan in the 1988 playoffs.

Yep, there's history there.



LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers