Basketball forums across the Web are constantly filled with a question that can never be answered: Who is the best basketball player of all time?
Looks as though fans aren't the only ones wondering.
"Jordan was my superhero growing up," James told Sports Illustrated.
"He was the guy I feel helped me get to where I am today. As a competitor, who would not want to go against the best? That's like asking [Tom] Brady would he want to go against [Joe] Montana in the fourth quarter."
The two basketball greats never had the opportunity to share the court in real life -- Jordan retired in 2003 and James didn't enter the league for another six months.
Jordan averaged 30 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in his career. The 14-time All-Star and five-time NBA MVP also led the Bulls to six championships.
James has a career average of 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists. The 27-year-old is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time NBA MVP, and won his first championship last season with the Miami Heat.
Imagine James' power and quickness facing off against Jordan's athleticism and talent. It would be an incredible sight to behold, an image that even the basketball greats enjoy entertaining.