Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was the NBA all-time leading scorer until Wednesday when LeBron James overtook him, shared his thoughts on the GOAT debate which is usually centered around Michael Jordan and James.
According to him, it’s difficult to determine who is the greatest player of all time because there have been different eras of the game and significant rule changes over the years. But as far LeBron is concerned, Abdul-Jabbar thinks he is the greatest player of his era.
“I think the whole of the GOAT, the greatest of all time, that’s really hard to determine,” he said. “I mean, how many people saw Sweetwater Clifton play? I didn’t. Most of us didn’t and he was awesome, but that was back in the early 1950s without the 24 second clock.
“I think the different eras of the game, the addition of the clock and finally the three-point shot, the game has had eras. LeBron without a doubt is the greatest player of his era. Maybe that era is right behind that of Shaquille [O’Neal], Michael Jordan.
“There are people that dominated the game, and then there are people that captured everybody’s imagination. I think that’s what Michael Jordan did. Everybody wanted to be him, to do what he did.”