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Renowned sports agent and business mogul Rich Paul recently engaged in a discussion with Stephen A. Smith, delving into the perennial debate surrounding LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant.

In the dialogue, Paul emphasized that in the realm of basketball greatness, James has already cemented his legacy, asserting that there is no pinnacle James cannot reach.

“I see a lot of guys on these networks and, you know, look, part of it is their job, so I get it. But if you’re having a real conversation, there’s nothing else for LeBron James to do in the world of basketball, not nothing,” Paul remarked.

Not catching Kobe? Not catching MJ? Just asking,” Smith responded. “Championships. Number of titles, that’s all. Five and six,” he clarified when Paul asked at what.

Addressing the perennial comparison of championship rings, Paul steered the conversation towards a broader perspective, drawing an analogy to the towering valuations of tech giants Apple and Microsoft.

“No, it’s not… Somebody was talking about, maybe it’s on another show I was watching, but it talked about Apple being worth $2.9 trillion and Microsoft being worth $3 trillion,” Paul shrugged.

“If LeBron, Mike and Kobe was in a room together, they all belong. There’s no room of basketball that LeBron’s going to get to that door and be denied on the list. Not one.”

Smith agreed. “Rich Paul, that is the most, I’ve known you for years, that is the absolute most accurate thing you have ever stated,” he said.

At 39 years old, James continues to defy conventional notions of aging in professional basketball, averaging 24.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 34.9 minutes per game.