Tiger Woods answers: LeBron James or Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T.? | ESPN

Published on May 8, 2018
Tiger Woods gets asked to weigh in on who he'd pick as the NBA G.O.A.T. between LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
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  • What an incredibly thought out answer and not incredibly not just incredibly thought out but so accurate as well. Idisagree on just a couple issues but all in all tiger nailed it in his humbleness

  • And so everybody still gone any lue jordan didn't go to the line ten times a game? Like that don't help your averages. Like that don't change how the coaches coach or how the players play.

  • I don’t care if how many records Lebrun breaks there is no human that will ever exceed in a sport like Micheal Jordan he invented his own unique style that no one had every time Jordan played there was going to be a 50/50 chance that you would see something you have never seen before and when he was under pressure his game would elevate to another level you won’t see that from any athlete in any sport when he had to make that shot to win or block that pass to win game in the last 10 seconds it was like he turned into Superman and he was a man of true class don’t get me wrong when he was on that court he wanted to rip your head off there will never be anyone that has such an effect on a sport like Jordan So don’t even try to compare labron to mike I don’t care if he breaks all of Jordan’s records he will never come close to Jordan and I fought anyone ever will

  • Messi is GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! above and beyond any athlete!!!

  • It's funny how Lebron fans say rings are the only argument for Jordan being better than LeBron like Jordan didn't win 9 more scoring titles , 3 more steals titles , a defensive player of the year award which LeBron never won , 9 defensive first team selections which is 4 more than LeBron , has a higher player efficiency rating than LeBron, has a higher defensive efficiency rating than Lebron, shot the same % from 3 in the playoffs as LeBron in a league where 3 pointers weren't as prevalent, has 6 seasons averaging 30+ppg on 50+% shooting which LeBron has never done , shoots 10% better from the freethrow line than LeBron does 84%>74% , has more regular season MVPs than LeBron, has beaten more 60+ & 50+ win teams in the playoffs with only 1 other all-star while lebron has played with 6, dominated a tougher eastern conference than LeBron did , has a higher efg% and TS% in the final 2 minutes of games (clutch time) than LeBron does , has a higher mid range % (14-24 ft) than LeBron does , never choked in an NBA finals the way LeBron did in 2011, never been blown off the floor by a record nba margin in the finals as the favorite to win the finals like LeBron has in 2014, has more career game winners than LeBron does 29>17 , is the only player in NBA history to average 40+ ppg 8+rpg and 8+ apg on 56+ % shooting in an NBA finals series (91 nba finals vs the Lakers) averaged 28 ppg as a rookie , has a higher vertical than LeBron does 48>39 the fact that Jordan has 6 rings with 6 finals MVPs and never lost in the finals or even allowed a game 7 is just the icing on the cake but it ain't the whole cake Jordan is still and will remain the greatest player to ever play the sport END OF DISCUSSION.

  • 6-0 always beats 3-6, everytime.

  • CLICKBAIT. He does NOT answer this question.

  • Jordan is the undisputed GOAT. Lebron could even get his championship until he joined wade and bosh to form a super team in miami. Great players build dynasties arounds them not go ring chasing and he still has 6 finals losses to show for. NBA players that say MJ is the GOAT: Kobe Bryan, Shaq, Vince Carter, Gary Payton, Paul Pierce, Michael Cooper, Magic, Larry Bird, Jerry West, Allen Iverson, Jayson Williams, Charles Barkley, kevin Garnett, Dwayne Wade, Jason Kidd and Lebron James. Some of whom played against Jordan and Lebron. Stick to Golf Tiger your basketball knowledge is poor. I would like to add that Tiger woods is the Michael Jordan of Golf.

  • At the end of the day they both win? No! 3-6? With 2 swept in NBA finals?! Seriously?

  • doesn't matter what woods says he cant make smart decisions. did you see his wife and then the gutter trash hoes he was sleeping with...

  • MJ skills are unmatched. LeBron is just a big ass dude who can ball.

  • The big difference is Jordan and 90's basketball was actually fun to watch.

  • Well said Tiger 🐯

  • IF YOU THINK LEBRONS THE GOAT, YOU ACCEPT LOSING AS PRIORITY. 3-6 LMAOOO.. the other two rings were saved by kyrie and allen as well. mj never went to a game 7.

  • Tiger knows his basketball!

  • Billion dollars drugs Billion dollars Prostituted and America fuckd the nigga cock

  • Fuck lebron

  • GOAT = Billy the Kid

  • Jordan wins, LeBron gets there every year but most of the time falls short. Jordan won two 3peats. If Labron could only win two in a row.

  • M.J... original #23 🐐

  • Jordan kept his mouth shut about politics and racism. Same with Tiger. They are both the GOAT at their sport. And they focused on what they were the best at. The atheletes today are race baiters and dishonor the country before games. Makes the situation 100x worse. You would never see Jordan or Tiger do something this stupid and racist.

  • Tiger brings up some excellent points about the differences between MJ and Lebron and what makes them great but in different ways...So I think the REAL question should be, who would you take in Game 7 of the Finals with 10 seconds left on the shot clock? Who do you want on your team to take the final big shot? When you look at it that way, it’s clear that it has to be MJ. That’s the one thing Lebron doesn’t have...that killer instinct. Even Kobe finishes better than Lebron.

  • Why is it that I am getting upset hearing from you Lebron is better than MJ.. it’s like natural... you’re still my idol though. But MJ is the GOAT 😎

  • There are hundreds of thousands of people who ONLY WATCH GOLF because of TIGER WOODS!

  • BASICALLY, NO ANSWER OR CHOICE... If you read between the linesHE SAID THEY BOTH WIN.... Is that really true? MJ 6-0 ( 6 championships) 2 (3peats) LIL BRON? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Not a winner...... He's won, but he's not A WINNER...... 🤔🤔🤔🤔 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Clearly MJ IS BETTER !!!!!!!!!

  • I am the GOAT

  • It's disgusting that LeBron gets to leapfrog kareem and Bill Russell

  • The NBA G.O.A.T is Kaarem Abdul Jabbar. Wilt Chamberlain is the runner up. These two players the rules of the game were changed to stop them from scoring. Rules were changed in the NCAA to stop Kaarem from scoring when his name was Lew Alcindor. Kaarem is the all time league leader in scoring. Kaarems Sky Hook was unstoppable. Only player to block it was Chamberlain. The rules were changed in the NBA to stop Chamberlain from scoring. He is the all time leader in Points Per Game... Nate Archibalds name is never mentioned in the NBA G.O.A.T topic. Archibald is the only NBA player to lead the leauge in scoring and assists. The three guys I mentioned are the NBA G.O.A.T.s PERIOD. Not Micheal Jordan... Not LeBron James.


  • Well said, it's the overall. I'm 41 an I can remember everything MJ.

  • To me, MJ is GOAT. Not only was he better at offense, score wise, he was definitely better at defense. I would give Lebron as maybe the better passer/rebounder than MJ that's it. Also MJs emotional intelligence and will to win was unrivaled. Maybe Kobe (the black mamba in his prime) and some of the other greats had it too. Lebron doesn't have that. As an Athlete, Lebron is stronger, and could be faster but Jordan was more skilled and can create plays whenever he wants to. Lebron can be shutdown, while it's almost impossible to do it on MJ where it was a much physical sport. Nowadays Jordan can score freely without having to worry about being hand checked, elbowed, bodied, and etc..

  • It's this simple best player : LBJ(Aaron Rodgers) greatest player : mj(Tom Brady) rings is your only argument... But if LBJ gets 7 rings... You'll still say wat about his losses 🤦🏾‍♂️

  • Mj would be scoring over 40 a game in this league of touch foul mentality. LeBron has only won one scoring title in his 15 years, Mj won like 10 I think?..... In a league where 3 pointers weren't the norm and defense was tough and gritty and every play by today's standards was a foul, many flagrant. Please people, just stop. Mj is the GOAT and LeBron knows it. Let me also remind all of you who are delusional. Mj would have won 8 straight titles had his dad not passed, we all know that. EIGHT! that would have also given him 10 straight years as scoring title holder. That's unbelievable

  • “At the end of the day hey both win”... but MJ won more.

  • washed up baby

  • He clearly prefer MJ over Lebron

  • Compare Kobe to MJ..closer argument.

  • Mj the goat 4ever...

  • I'm not a Lebron fan but Tiger preached 100% facts with this response. Gud shit Woods 👍👍

  • Golfers, Tennis players and Formula 1 drivers are the best athletes to answer questions.

  • Tom Brady is the GOAT athlete. He's led his team to 8 Super Bowls putting them into pisition to win 6 which is incredibly difficult in the NFL and just won the MVP at 40 years old. Name another athlete who is more accomplished

  • So MJ. Knew it

  • Do people understand what they are saying when they call someone the greatest of all time? By saying that one is calling someone the best that there ever is and was. There is really no such thing as the GOAT. A person can be the greatest of this current generation or the greatest of this time period but not of all time. MJ was the best in his era. Lebron is arguably the best in this era period. The game of basketball has changed from the 80s and 90s andwhat you were able to then, you can't do now. Lebron definitely would have been tough competition for Jordan if Lebron competed in the previous system but Jordan had tenacity a never say die attitude. Being down on points lit a fire under his ass everytime and he worked wonders. No bitching, whining complaining or floppin around from Jordan. He just played the game. Once again Lebron is the best basketball player in the world today. He's not the GOAT. Also being the best player does not win championships. The best team does which is why Cleveland lost 2 championships to the Warriors.

  • This the most unfair respond, Tiger Woods is just trying to be cool. Tiger.... is M...j piriod man !

  • This guys a complete goof. Why would you ask this moron ANYTHING? I refuse too watch

  • to correct tiger Jordan did bring the ball up and do what James did, but it was early in his career cuz the Bulls were so bad. And he put up some pretty decent numbers too. just saying.

  • We'll said👍

  • he doesn’t say who’s the goat btw

  • Kobe said count to 5

  • I haven't see tiger woods in a while.

  • I remember Michael Jordans aunt who was a teacher when i was a kid in my Elementary school in the early 80s saying my nephew Michael will be the best of all time....she was right...plus MJ is a class act..Lebron not so much to me

  • Tiger Woods is the best Asian golf player ever

  • Jordan is a few gaps better than but damn near neck and neck with Kobe, slightly better still. Kobe is a couple gaps better than Lebron. Why are people even comparing LeBron with MJ the tru G.O.A.T? LeBron still got Kobe problems

  • 9 Finals for Lebron and only 3 Championships. 6 Finals for Jordan; *6 Championships.* Conversation over.

  • MICHAEL JORDAN THE GOD 6 RINGS!! 6 !!!! Little lebron only 3! Simple like that! 🇺🇸🐐

  • Kobe is better than Lbj period. 5 beats 3

  • Well MJ didn’t get swept in the finals.

  • Can't be GOAT as a whiny bitch that can't play defense. Sorry - different game today yes, but Michael's quote sums it up. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. Is he talented? Of course. Is he the best? Of course not. He hand picked his team and instead of raising them up he has to do everything himself. Who is BJ without Jordan? Grant? Cartwright? That's right, these guys are mediocre NBA players... Who were they with MJ? Part of the best team ever for any sport...because their leader was the GOAT. Lebron can go suck himself and play all by himself and handy himself...nobody gaf.

  • MJ never played point guard? He did that full-time for 2 seasons during the 88-90 seasons. He did very well indeed playing point guard.

  • So good to see tiger back

  • GOAT Salt or Himalayan salt?

  • Tiger puts himself w/Jordan & Gretzky.

  • Kelvin Durant could be the best, so to say LEBRON is better than everyone by a long shot is a long shot, also Russel Westbrook is up there, SALUTE

  • What about Ronnie O'Sullivan, he's considered the greatest sportsman alive by 500 Mil+ people and He truly admires Rodger Federer and tiger woods,

  • the Real question is who is better Jack or Tiger?

  • Look look Ima let you finish... But Beyonce had one of the best videos of ALL TIME!

  • JESUS would take both of them at the same time. wink wink😁😁😁

  • 69 gotti

  • Tiger still understands what level =s Greatness. There is Jordan level or James level. Take your pick...apples or oranges. Personally James is the GOAT!

  • If I reaaaaallly think about it.. acknowledging LeBron's greatness and not trying to be biased or anything... if I'm picking a team.. and I have to choose either LeBron (Point Forward) or Jordan (Shooting Guard) as the greatest player on my team.. I CAN'T HAVE BOTH... I'm choosing Jordan. I don't care what anybody says. I'll get the passing and all that from someone else.. Jordan was just too beautiful of a player to not pick.

  • Jordan will always be the greatest! 6-0 in the finals and 6 finals mvps! Plus Jordan ALWAYS had the killer instincts on the court, LeBron had to learn to play that way.

  • I like how he said they both win. Uhh lebron hasn’t won a finals in two years. He usually loses when he gets to the finals. He’s not clutch. He’s a cry baby for fouls and there is no fucking way he could play in the 80s or 90s compared to the way they fouled back then. Watching lebron now and seeing him complain for every foul is like watching the nfl with they unnecessary contact bullshit calls. It’s a soft generation and he loses. Jordan is perfect and he just all-around better. I hate how there’s a debate every year after another LeBron finals loss!! Fuck lebron and he’s woman’s purse. Fucking pussy. Who wears a nice suit with shorts??

  • what is a point forward?

  • Ohh God. So many young people here...

  • MJ did bring the ball up a lot so Tiger got that wrong.

  • Talks like Elon

  • Tigers comments on Lebron and MJ are the best Ive ever heard! People need to stop the GOAT talk. Or maybe talk about the GOATS for each individual type, position, size, supporting players/coaching, era, and more! They are BOTH amazing, and Bird, Magic, DrJ, Barkley, Pipp, and on and on. N E HOOTERS!

  • They both win? Cmon now. I watched last year's championship. 🤔🙄 ahhh nah. Not really

  • Tiger Woods: I always wanted to say this.. "for shizzle"

  • MJ Kareem Kobe LeBron

  • Why he look like Lucius ???

  • Tiger forgets that MJ did that in 87 and avg 32 8 and 8

  • Kareem Adbul Jabbar, Micheal Jordan and Lebrn James.

  • One is the GOAT and the other is Lebambi.😁😁😁

  • Absolutely correct

  • Worldly people!

  • I cant believe he's not smarter than this. The answer is Jordan! Hands down. As a friend of MJ he should know & say this proudly. No more respect for Tiger

  • fuck. this right here. this mans next step after gold is to have his own NBA talk show. i was so vested in his opinion, the way he had an indepth breakdown of the players and youncan tell he's not jst a casual fan. Id like to see him take over colin cowherds show. very very impressed with this interview. thats what greats do, study other greats of all sports!

  • Basketball is Michael Jordan's world. LeBron is just living in it.

  • He just said some real shit. LeBron is more comparable to Scottie Pippen, lol

  • Why do you keep asking him about My or LeBron, mostly MJ that is carrier is over.

  • Jesus Lebrons been playing for 15 yrs already.... time flys

  • Great answer Tiger.

  • Tiger knows his stuff.

  • Tiger with them NBA Facts 👀

  • Fence sitter. MJ>LeFlop.

  • Thank you 🐅 ! He hit it right on the head! They are different and there is nothing wrong with that. Its all perspective.

  • LeBron doesn't dominate basketball


  • I agree, Messi and Ronaldo 15+ Years still dominating!!!