5. Tougher Era
Let’s face it, James doesn’t deal with the physical side of the game as well as other players. Sure, he attracts more fouls because of who he is. But while he is a physical specimen, he doesn’t relish rough play like Jordan did. M.J. rolled with the blows throughout his career. Remember, he played during the late eighties and through the nineties. This was a far more physically tough era.
The Detroit Pistons maintained a deserved notorious reputation for their brutality on the court. But they weren’t the only ones with a fondness for the dark arts. The likes of the Knicks were also very tough. Jordan faced these challenges in the East and never received an easy ride to the NBA Finals. In contrast, James faced weaker competition and took advantage of this.