NBA all-time great, Julius Erving, got some people heated over leaving LeBron James off his top two all-time NBA teams including rapper 50 Cent.
Retired NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving isn’t a fan of today’s super teams. Erving appeared on the Posted Up Podcast with Chris Haynes, and when asked to name his top two all-time NBA lineups, Erving left off the man credited with creating the Big 3, LeBron James.
“He’s the guy who led the charge in terms of superteams being put together when he put together a team in Miami,” said Erving of James. “He put together a team in Cleveland as well and put together a team in Los Angeles. He can pick his own team. I ain’t gonna pick his team.” During a recent appearance on Posted Up with Chris Haynes, the NBA legend named his top two all-time NBA teams, combining some of the greatest players ever and creating a fantasy team. One blatant omission from Erving’s list was LeBron James, who is one of the best players to ever step on a basketball court.
On his first team, Dr. J named Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Elgin Baylor as his starters. For his second All-NBA team, he listed off Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He explained why he left out LeBron, saying, “He’s the guy who has led the charge in terms of super teams. When he put together a team in Miami, he put together a team in Cleveland as well, and he put together a team in Los Angeles. So, he can pick his own team. I ain’t going to pick his team.”
“He’s the guy who has led the charge in terms of super teams…”@JuliusErving doesn't have LeBron on his top-two All-Time NBA teams 👀
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 27, 2021
50 Cent came to the defense of LeBron James by questioning the motive of Dr. J. He believes there might be some old school versus new school bias.
“Sounds like old hater shit to me,” he said, reposting a headline about Erving’s statement. “It takes a lot of work and talent to be @kingjames if that wasn’t true we would have 3 or 4 of him, we only got 1.”
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