The greatness of MJ vs LBJ

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Having grown up watching Michael Jordan and since watching The Last Dance whilst also following Lebron James’ illustrious career, I’ve been lamenting as to the reason MJ is considered the greatest by so many. I thought I’d compile the stats of both players; baring in mind of course that LBJ’s career is still in progress. Lebron James 3ื NBA champion: 2012, 2013, 2016 3ื NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 2012, 2013, 2016 5x NBA Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 2020 16ื NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 3ื NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008, 2018 16ื All-NBA selection: 12ื First team: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2ื Second team: 2005, 2007 1x Third team: 2019 6ื NBA All-Defensive selection: 5ื First team: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 1ื Second team: 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year: 2004 NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2004 NBA Scoring Champion: 2008 3ื NBA minutes leader: 2007, 2017, 2018 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2017 NBA assists leader: 2020 Michael Jordan Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 6ื NBA champion: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 5ื NBA Most Valuable Player: 1987–88, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98[5][6] 6ื NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[7] 10ื Scoring leader: 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98[8] NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1987-88[9] NBA Rookie of the Year: 1984-85[10] 14ื NBA All-Star: 1985, 1986 (selected but injured), 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003[11] 3ื NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player: 1988, 1996, 1998[12] 2ื NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion: 1987, 1988[13] Runner-up in 1985 3ื Steals leader: 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93 2ื Minutes leader: 1987–88, 1988–89 2ื IBM Award winner: 1985, 1989 11ื All-NBA selection: First Team: 1987–93, 1996–98[14][15] Second Team: 1985[14][15] 9ื All-Defensive selection: First Team: 1988–93, 1996–98[16][17] NBA All-Rookie selection: First Team: 1985[18][19] 7ื The Sporting News Most Valuable Player: 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98 The Sporting News Rookie of the Year: 1985 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 1991 Ranked #1 by SLAM Magazines Top 50 Players of All-time[20] Ranked #1 by ESPN SportsCenturys Top North American Athletes of the 20th Century[21] Selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History" Selected in 1996 as member of two of the "Top 10 Teams in NBA History" 1991–92 Chicago Bulls (67–15; .817) 1995–96 Chicago Bulls (72–10; .878) 25 NBA Player of the Week [22] 16 NBA Player of the Month[23] Statistically, there isn’t a great disparity (except for Championships won) What is it about MJ? Although LeBron is arguably more athletically gifted than any player to take the court, there seems to be something almost cosmic about Michael Jordan. I wish I could put my finger it. What do you guys think?