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"I am the Greatest Player Of All Time" - Lebron James

Patrick Smith

"I am the Greatest Player Of All Time" - Lebron James

January 10, 2019

If you haven’t been keeping up with NBA news recently, Lebron James recently said on his show “The Shop” that his victory over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals cemented his status as “the greatest player of all time.”

Personally, I don’t truly have a take in the “Jordan vs. Lebron” debate, as I was born in 1998 and Lebron has been the greatest player that I have witnessed live in my lifetime, and all I have to judge Jordan on is clips on YouTube and ESPN. My dad and other friends and family members say it’s not even close, that Jordan was above and beyond Lebron on the court.

Where I take issue with Lebron is that he came out and said that he is the GOAT, and that those finals are what cemented his legacy, all while giving little to no credit to his teammates. Everything had to go right for him and the Cavaliers in those Finals, and luckily, it did. If you take away Draymond Green’s game 5 suspension, I feel that the series goes the other way. Kyrie Irving was the one who hit the shot in the final minute to give the Cavs the lead, not Lebron. Yes, Lebron did have a remarkable chase down block on Andre Iguodala to keep the game tied at 89, but he doesn’t mention JR Smith hustling down the court to alter the shot that James went on to block.

In an interview with Michael Jordan from the early 1990’s, a question was asked on whether or not he thought he was the greatest player of all time. He responded by saying that he had been very blessed to be surrounded by such great teammates and coaches throughout his career that led him to where he was. Not once does he say that he felt he was the GOAT, he mentions that he is greatly humbled to even be in that conversation.

I am not trying to say that Lebron is not a humble individual, throughout his career he has given back to his community and donated to plenty of charitable organizations, he even opened up his own school! What I’m saying is that maybe he needs to focus a little more on his team, who currently sit in 8th place in the Conference, and a little less on his GOAT status.

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