Clyde Drexler says he has a real problem with Michael Jordan and LeBron James being the only ones really argued over when it comes to the great GOAT debate.
While Kobe Bryant’s name is often thrown into the conversation, Jordan and LeBron are the ones mostly being lauded as the greatest basketball players of all time and Drexler reckons its unfair to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“I have a real problem with that, for all these guys who played the game, for you to have a conversation, are these two guys the GOAT when you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players that ever lived, you start with those two,” the Portland Trail Blazers legend told SportsTalk 790 this week.
“And then you’ve got guys like Dr. J [Julius Irving], Larry Bird, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West… all those guys are in the conversation. For people bringing this up today, to me, it’s unbelievable. And I love Michael and LeBron, but let’s not take something away from those other guys who played.”
Jordan has distanced himself from the title, having once explained it would be disrespectful to the legends who came before him if he were to consider himself the greatest. LeBron, however, has gone on record to claim he believes he’s deserving of the honor because he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a comeback title win after going down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals.
James was just voted in as the best player currently in the NBA by ESPN analysts.