Lebron James recently created a stir online when he proclaimed himself the greatest of all time in NBA history. Many people went to the defense of Michael Jordan in saying that he was the greatest to ever do it. It seems Michael Jordan has gone on record to say he doesn’t want the crown as the GOAT because he feels it disrespects the players he never faced before him.
Here’s a brief transcription of the interview:
Wilbon: “If you care about being called the greatest basketball player ever, does that matter, do you want that?
Jordan: “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. 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. I would love to have played against them but I never did. And for you to say that I’m better than him…I mean it’s your opinion; it’s their opinion. I accept that as their opinion. If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan.”
“If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan.”Michael Jordan