A Former Teammate of LeBron James Suggests Players Don't Fear Him the Way They Did Michael Jordan

Published March 19, 2023 at 7:23 PM

LeBron James currently holds the record for the highest number of points scored in the NBA of all time, and each season he strengthens his claim to be the greatest player ever, surpassing even Michael Jordan.

However, despite James' accomplishments, most players and fans still consider Michael Jordan the greatest of all time, and there are valid justifications for this. Jordan's dominance during the 1990s is a feat that James has yet to surpass, and their Finals records set them apart. Another contrast has also been pointed out by James' former Miami Heat teammate, Mario Chalmers.

Check out what he said:

"Nobody fears Bron [James]," Chalmers said. "Nobody's like, ‘Damn, I gotta go play against Bron tonight.' Nobody said that. I don't know why? Because I seen people be scared when they actually line up to him. But they're not scared thinking about that matchup. You hear anybody from that era talk about going against Jordan, there's a fear.

«So when you have people that fear a player, then that's telling you something different already. Jordan is just that guy. Everything was, ‘I wanna be like Mike.'»

The debate over who holds the title of the Greatest of All Time in basketball has been a hotly contested topic for years. One factor that has often been brought up in this discussion is the aura surrounding Michael Jordan, which many believe LeBron James has been unable to replicate.

This point has been debated by prominent media personalities, such as Stephen A. Smith, who had a lively discussion about it with JJ Redick. While some argue that Jordan's dominance in the 90s was unparalleled, others, including James' former teammate Mario Chalmers, have disputed the claim that players aren't afraid of James.

Chalmers, who won two championships alongside James during their time on the Miami Heat, has claimed that he saw players fear James during their matchups. However, others have contested this viewpoint.

Despite the disagreement, it's hard to deny James' impact on the game. He has earned his place in the GOAT conversation with four championships, four MVPs, and ten NBA Finals appearances over two decades. Fans have even pointed out that the Golden State Warriors recruited Kevin Durant specifically to beat James.

Nonetheless, Jordan's dominance in the 90s still feels unmatched in many ways. While the debate over the GOAT will likely continue for years to come, it's clear that both Jordan and James have left an indelible mark on the game.
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A Former Teammate of LeBron James Suggests Players Don't Fear Him the Way They Did Michael Jordan

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