Shaquille O’Neal: Former NBA Player Says Julius Erving Better Than Michael Jordan and LeBron James

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Shaquille O’Neal randomly decided to jump into the hypothetical “Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan” debate Tuesday. “You have to go with a young Jordan every time,” the NBA legend and former James teammate said.

James was asked last week if he could beat Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 and said he would take himself against anybody. But O’Neal sees a different outcome if the two were to meet one another in their prime in a magical basketball fairy tale.

It would be an interesting game,” O’Neal said, via AFP. “Young LeBron was more like Magic Johnson. He was sort of like Magic with Jordan’s abilities. He liked to pass, and he liked to get it up.

“But Mike was Mike. He was just special, like no one else. He always did things no one else could do, and things you couldn’t compare to anyone else. So he was special, and he’d win.”

But then O’Neal made the conversation even more interesting by saying another player, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, was the best he’d ever seen.

“I’ve seen young Mike and young LeBron and I must say Dr. J is still my favorite player,” he said. “A lot of people today don’t even mention his name but to me I still think he was the best.”

However, O’Neal realizes these debates and hypotheticals will never be answered. Some would say that’s what makes the discussion so much fun.

“It’s a bit like if I met Bruce Lee in an alleyway. Who would win? You’ll never know,” O’Neal said. “Some people say well Bruce would kick Shaq’s a—. Some people say well Shaq is two times bigger than Bruce Lee. It’s a good question, a good conversation. But we’ll never know.”

Written by Nick Endress

Nick Endress

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