Chicago Bull dynasty docuseries ‘The Last Dance’ reignited the GOAT debate. Not only among fans and media but also among the players. Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has also named his GOAT – it was Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. Michael Jordan fans did not approve the choice even though Dinwiddie tried to explain himself on Twitter.
The 27-year-old point guard used the opportunity to further clarify his stance in the GOAT debate when he joined Candace Parker and Casey Stern on NBA TV. “I always say it depends on how you wanna define the GOAT. Basically for me when you look at it if you are talking about the highest peak, the biggest pinnacle of basketball then yeah that’s MJ. All day. 6-0, ran the league, all that stuff,” he said.
“When I was talking the GOAT for me means highschool, college, pro dominance, longevity, all of that. Kareem I don’t think lost in highschool. I think he was 85 and 2 in college, won a championship every year, was the best player every single year. They changed the rules for him. That’s why he got the sky hook. He comes to the league, obviously dominates, has the most points of all time, and things like top 5 or top 10 rebounding. He has 5 rings. His career speaks for itself. Played 20 years.
But it’s that 30-year span of just complete and utter basketball dominance in how define it is taking the big picture view. I don’t argue MJ’s pinnacle of dominance. I definitely don’t argue that. I want no smoke MJ fans. Everybody got mad, I was like ‘let me just explain myself.'”
Abdul-Jabbar, like Jordan, won six NBA championships (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988). He was also a 19-time NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989) and won three NCAA championships (1967–1969), among his accolades.