LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers recently, in a move that has prompted much excitement.
The 33-year-old is one of the basketball’s biggest names and, inevitably, comparisons with fellow icon of the NBA Jordan have regularly arisen.
Van Gundy, who worked as an NBA coach for eight seasons and has also served as an analyst, has now waded into the debate.
And he thinks that Lebron James, just about, edges Jordan in the argument over who is the greatest player of all time.
“Yes, it’s over, although the distance is very small, both attack and defend equally,” he said.
“But the only thing I would say in favor of LeBron is that he is a better passer.
“And that makes him involve and make his team-mates better, but the difference is minimal.”
James is currently gearing up for the start of the new NBA season.
The Lakers still have pre-season matches against the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors to come before then.
James’ side will then go up against the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on October 19.
And the NBA hero has insisted he is fighting fit ahead of that showdown.
“I feel good out there,” James told Yahoo Sports ahead of Thursday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings.
“I’m good. I haven’t had issues [with my back since then].
“I’m just trying to get everyone involved right now and make sure everyone is on the same page.
“We’ll be in good shape.”