the following question was lifted from espn (lol). isiah thomas said that lebron james is probably a better athlete than michael jordan was. who do you think is the better athlete? personally, i would give the slight edge to lebron. undoubtedly, both are incredible physical specimens (when michael was in his physical prime), but lebron just has more mass and incredible power and that amplifies his speed which is necessary for the game. jordan still had that vertical leap and hangtime which he displayed early in his career during the dunking contests. jordan still is the better player. unmatched knowledge, fiercely competitive, had the killer instinct, and deferred to no one. that made him the genius he was, especially when the game was on the line. his ability to rise to the occasion was eerie and probably the only other player who had a gift for converting shots consistently when the stakes were high was reggie miller. man, i miss the good old days of basketball.