Jordan also never faced a great team in the finals. Quitting the sport is not a different issue. Both are mental/physical fatigue. One of these players suffered much shorter bouts of it than the other. If you wanna talk about being petulant, there's a HOF speech to illustrate who is actually petulant. Jordan is the best in the same way Montana is. Lots of first round playoff losses, won every championship he was able to get to because he had the best coach and team around him. His team was a championship contender without him. If you wanna compare with Peyton, LeBron does have a much higher basketball IQ, constantly makes the best play, took 2 different teams to the promised land, has had no great coach, typically carried worse teams than his contemporaries, when he left/got injured his team went straight to the top of the draft. If you wanna make the bad Peyton comparisons, they go to Jordan. Missing lots of games in the middle of the career, first round playoff exits. What are you talking about? In Jordan's era, most players were bad shooters/unable to hit 3s except in 95-96(when they moved the line in). Half of the starters in Jordan's era wouldn't be able to get on the floor now. Defending someone from 25 feet in is a lot harder than from 15 feet in.