In a poll surveying NBA fans, 34 percent of them believe that Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan would beat Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James 1-on-1 in 2015.
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In a survey involving 1,471 registered voters conducted between May 7 and May 10, Public Policy Polling found that 77 percent of people find Jordan to be the greatest NBA player of all time while 34 percent even went as far as saying that he would still be able to win 1-on-1 against James right now.
Only 54 percent said that James would win the match-up, and this comes despite the fact that the Cavs star is in the prime of his career at 30 years of age while Jordan is now 52 years old.
The Hall of Famer retired from playing basketball 12 years ago after a stellar career in the league, and it is worth noting the demographic of the voters considering they were 18 and older which ultimately means they were possibly nostalgic fans who revered Jordan when they were younger.
However, it is difficult to agree with their suggestion that Jordan could beat James right now, while others will find the entire debate tiring and pointless and instead will focus on two greats of the game playing at an incredible level in their respective eras of the game.
James has never been the most popular of figures despite his jersey sales suggesting otherwise, with his general perception by the media and fans changing through his career due to the decisions he has made.
While he should certainly still be respected for what he has contributed, and still contributes, to the game, it will take something special for him to surpass Jordan in the hearts of many fans.