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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Michael Jordan is not the greatest NBA player ever

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Photo: Twitter / The Hill

Nearly four years ago, the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show”. He was asked what his thoughts were when he hears “Michael Jordan is the best player of all-time”. Here is his response:

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“Those people probably didn’t see Oscar Robertson play, and they didn’t see Jerry West play. People admire Michael’s extraordinary athletic ability, which is so obvious, and for me, they just think I’m someone who’s tall. They don’t think I’m working that hard at it, but I couldn’t do what Michael did, Michael couldn’t do what I did.”

After his statement, he reveals he feels he is “short-changed”, and says he gets unfair treatment in the greatest of all-time discussion due to the fact he was tall and “made it look easy”.

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