So this GOAT argument has been going on for a while now. But, so far, the only NBA personality who has taken LeBron James' side is LeBron James.
The Los Angeles Lakers star recently made some rather surprising comments, naming himself as the undisputed GOAT because he managed to defeat the 73-win Golden State Warriors in 2016.
"That one right there made me the greatest player of all time," he said last week. "That’s what I felt. I was super, super ecstatic to win one for Cleveland because of the 52-year drought...That was, like, one of the only times in my career I felt like 'Oh (expletive), you did something special.'"
Scottie Pippen has his own idea of what makes a player the GOAT 👀 pic.twitter.com/CApmLCkRRb— ESPN (@espn) January 4, 2019
James' statement has sparked rife talk over the issue and Scottie Pippen, a former teammate of the legend truly considered the greatest player of all time, has aired his thoughts.
“I think it’s pretty great that a guy won three titles, left for two years, then came back and won three more. That is considered greatness to me. Winning ultimately decides who the greatest players are in the game," the ex-superstar said on ESPN's The Jump.
There are many people who aren't pleased with LeBron claiming to be the GOAT. But there are also many who have applauded him for speaking his mind, albeit disagreeing with him.
Michael Jordan, the man thought to be most deserving of the title, has rebuffed it out of respect for former greats he never got to measure himself against.
"I don't want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West - you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against," Jordan said in a 2009 interview which has resurfaced following LeBron's claim.
"What everybody is saying I am, I never had the chance to compete against other legends that was prior to me. When I hear it, I cringe a little bit because it's a little bit embarrassing because no one knows. I never had the chance to, once again, to play against those guys."
What This Means
Scottie was never going to agree with James. As much as he admires the former Cleveland star, he got to play alongside MJ and was there for all six championships.
You can't really disagree with him either. Jordan's achievements in the sport of basketball, more so his six rings, can't yet be outweighed by what LeBron has done so far - not even his impressive, 2016 feat.