The question around the GOAT is still as divisive and not very obvious for the legends of the league. If the obvious answers are » Lebron james « And » Michael Jordan « , a Hall of Famer took the opposite view by quoting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
For several years now, and even more since the 4th title won by Lebron james in 2020, the conversation around GOAT revolves almost exclusively around the King and Michael jordan. It must be said that rarely athletes will have dominated their discipline more than these two monsters, at least at the level of team sports where only Messi and Cristiano hold the comparison on an international scale.
At 36, LeBron has for him his longevity at the highest level, since he has now dominated for 19 seasons, but also an exceptional track record notably marked by his 4 champion rings, therefore, won in three different franchises. MJ relies on an immaculate record in the Finals with 6 titles in 6 appearances, a feat that will undoubtedly never be reproduced …
For James Worthy, Kareem is above everything
But some refuse to bow to this binary race between a legend of the 90s ′ and one of the 2000s / 2010 ′. Asked about the question, James Worthy offered an increasingly rare answer in the NBA microcosm: the GOAT would be none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, leading scorer in league history for the moment. He spoke to journalist Landon Buford
James Worthy on if he had to pick a GOAT its @ kaj33.
– Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) November 2, 2021
I don’t like it when people ask me who the GOAT is. But if anyone put a gun to my head, I’d say it’s Kareem.
James Worthy knows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar well since he played with him in the Lakers version « Showtime », his opinion is therefore particularly relevant. By being 6 times champion and 6 times MVP, by developing the most difficult movement to defend in the history of the NBA with the « skyhook » and by becoming the best all-time scorer, the legendary pivot obviously deserves a mention in this GOAT title race with LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
Especially since he has won everything from a young age. In high school, for example, he has a unique record of 90 victories for only 6 defeats, with an incredible series of 71 games without loss! Likewise at UCLA University, he won three NCAA titles in three seasons, showing total dominance. He might not be the best NBA player, but quite simply the best basketball player.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won everything in his career, whether in high school, in the NCAA, or in the NBA. That his name is mentioned in the conversation around GOAT is more than logical.