LeBron James said he felt he became the "greatest player of all-time" after overcoming a 3–1 series deficit to beat the Godlen State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. Last week, he made the comments in a clip from his ESPN+ series, saying, "That one right there made me the greatest player of all time."
This announcement added fuel to the fire in the debate between Michael Jordan and James for the title of 'greatest of all time.' Jordan has teased the debate in the past, but has not made any recent comment on it.
A 2009 interview with ESPN's Michael Wilbon has resurfaced on the internet through clips on Reddit and social media. In the video, Jordan briefly commented on his status or place in the conversation for 'the greatest of all time.' He decided not to bestow the title on himself out of respect for the players that came before him.
"If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player," Jordan said. "That's because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan."
Jordan played in the NBA for 15 years with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. He finished his career with 32,292 points, which is the fourth-most of all-time. He won five NBA MVP awards and six championships with the Chicago Bulls.