Jordan Doc adds fuel to the fire on a recurring debate

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One of the hardest parts of this quarantine and new life in isolation for sports fans is finding new ways to entertain ourselves without any professional sporting events. 

The quarantine caused ESPN to push up the release date of “The Last Dance” to keep viewers entertained. This has given all sports fans something to enjoy for two hours a week, while also invigorating the debate about who is the greatest basketball player of all time: Michael Jordan or LeBron James. The documentary has also provided younger basketball fans an opportunity to learn about some of the legends who played with or against Jordan and his Bulls.

Freshman Gavin Griffiths has been following the documentary closely. “The documentary is very good, and it mostly changes my perception of Pippen. Pippen is much better than I thought he was,” Griffiths said. Griffiths’ choice in the G.O.A.T debate is James. “LeBron is a better athlete, shooter, slasher, leader, and is stronger,” he said.

Sophomore Sam Boley strongly disagrees and thinks that Jordan is far better than James. “Jordan is better because of rings, and because he was just different and had a crazy drive to win every game that LeBron just doesn’t have,” Boley said. “I’ve really enjoyed the documentary because it’s allowed me to see footage of Jordan that has never been accessible to me before.”

Senior Calvin Schumacher voiced his opinion on the documentary. “The documentary is intriguing, but in my unpopular opinion, it shows just how much Jordan needed Pippen. He wasn’t a winner before Pippen,” Schumacher said. As for who is the G.O.A.T., Schumacher clearly values LeBron more. “MJ is at best a bald Demar Derozan in today’s NBA. At age 22, LeBron was playing in NBA finals. At age 22, Michael Jordan struggled to win 30 games,” Schumacher stated.

The Jordan documentary is a must-watch and is already sparking the G.O.A.T. debate. A definite conclusion may not be made, but people enjoy discussing it.