Fact: No one will ever surpass Jordan in the eyes of those that were old enough to watch him. He's a legend. He's Paul Bunyan, he's Muhammed Ali, he's Babe Ruth. He's almost mythical. He's that "do you remember when he jumped over Hakeem, twirled around 4x, did a flip, and dunked with his eyes closed guy. He's the "remember when he had that broken leg and scored 80 guy". His feats are so amazing that they will one day be even more exaggerated beyond belief.
That being said, LBJ will never be better than those that view MJ as more of a deity than a man. However, he will still be one of greatest of all time and those that grew up watching him, and not Jordan, will place him in the same rare air as Jordan, the same way Magic/Bird and Wilt/Russell were worshiped by their generation of fans.
But you know how great you are when you have 1 bad game out of a near perfect playoff run and it sets the sports world on fire and they try to use it as a "aha...told you ain't Jordan moment". Lebron is an amazing player, top 3 imo. He will never be Jordan but that's not a blemish. No one will ever be LBJ either.
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