Jordan and Pippen had the great advantage of coming into the league together on the same team to start their careers.
If Wade and Lebron had the same advantage coming into the league together they would have a truckload of titles by now, and people would have a very different opinion. Having the luxury of working together for so many years, Wade and Lebron would look so much better than they do now, with greater chemistry.
-Jordan & Pippen would have never lost to the Mavs in the Finals
I made a point sometime back about the trash talking going on in that series and the comparison Pippen made of probably LeBron passing Jordan all-time... Could you imagine if Shawn Marion called a 26 year old or an 8th season Jordan a bitch ? The same Marion an 38 year old Jordan dropped 40+ and a Game Winning shot on ? Or Jason Terry even saying he couldn't guard him ?
Which ever version of prime Jordan your taking, he would humiliate Marion, Terry, and the rest of the Mavericks.
MJ and Pip easily. Not only MJ/Pip fits better with no redundancy, but also defense matter more than most fans gives it credit, and they are defensively leaps and bounds better than LeBron/Wade.
Offensively there is only one ball, and MJ is the best of them all. MJ/Pip are better passing duo too. Lets not forget mental aspect and clutchness - LeBron/Wade may or may not show up, but at least with MJ I know he will show up 110% every time it matters, and in the clutch he is again much better than LeBron/Wade.
Health - Wade is injury prone, the rest were more or less iron man.
Could you imagine if Shawn Marion called a 26 year old or an 8th season Jordan a bitch ?
Did you see what he did to fellow SG contemporary and MVP candidate when the media just dared to compare their games?
MJ sodomized Drexler in the '92 Finals in front of the entire world. He took it absolutely personally. Can't shoot the 3 like Drexler? Here is 6 of them in one half.
Now imagine a significantly less talented player calling him a BITCH in an NBA Finals game. What do you think would happen?
MJ would go into straight Conan mode. Rape, brutalize, torch, cook, eat the entire Mavericks team by himself.
MJ fabricated slights from players to get motivated. Can you imagine if the player actually gave him that kind of fuel? First of all no one ever who even stepped to Jordan never antagonized him to that personal of a level. They a) respected him too much and b) probably would have feared the backlash.
Oh, and he would have locked up Jason Terry something serious. He'd have him handcuffs and throw away the key.
MJ and Scottie. Shawn Marion shut Lebron Down in the NBA finals, and Pippen is a much better defender than Marion. Jordan would destroy Wade, I mean that would be pretty ugly. But these are definitely the two best perimeter teammate pairs ever..
Lebron's playing amazing right now, but its the regular season. Wade's playing amazing right now, but its the regular season. I wouldn't say Lebron is mentally weak anymore, but he's definitely not as mentally tough as Jordan, and neither is Wade who by the time we got deep in the playoffs would be dealing with some kind of injury by now. Plus even if Lebron were to have a great series, I can't imagine him being that great against Pippen.