Ex NBA Player Snubs Michael Jordan, Says LeBron James Will Soon Be the GOAT
- Former NBA player Chandler Parsons has said LeBron James will be the GOAT when he becomes NBA's all-time scoring record
- Michael Jordan has been considered by most as the greatest of all time
- However, with James inching closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record, the debate may be different
LeBron James will soon become NBA's all-time leading scorer. He is 89 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record, and it is only a matter of time before he passes the Lakers icon.
Some, like former NBA star Chandler Parsons, reckon that when James passes Abdul-Jabbar, he will become the greatest of all time. However, that declarations will surely attract a lot of criticism from many fans.
Jordan retired for the third and final time in 2003 at 40 years of age. His achievements are impressive. He is universally considered the greatest basketball player of all time. His accolades don't do justice to his talent, will to win and everlasting global influence.
His dominance with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s took the NBA to unprecedented levels at that time. Therefore, his legacy is rock solid and will remain so for generations to come.
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However, James may also lay claim to the throne of the best of all time. His accolades are almost identical to Jordan's. Nevertheless, when the argument between the two arises, several nuances emerge. Those arguments many times are relentless and endless.
Parsons GOAT prediction
Parsons, who last played for the Atlanta Hawks, said that James would be the GOAT when he passes Abdul-Jabbar.
“They’re both insane, and I got to give LeBron his flowers,” Parsons said. "Once he passes Kareem... I think to be able to say you have the most points in the history of the NBA is wild. And I truly think once he gets this record we got to officially crown him as the GOAT," via Fadeaway World.
James is having a terrific season with the Lakers this season. He is 38 years old, and he is playing in his 20th NBA season. His performances have kept the Lakers afloat after an inconsistent season.
Parsons explained why James will be the best to ever do it.
"The things he’s done, it just speaks volumes on the longevity of his career. The coaches, the teammates he's had, the amount of time and effort he's put into his body to sustain this level of play."
The four-time MVP last won the NBA title in 2020, but given the way things are going for the Lakers, getting another ring will probably be tough.
Fans reactions to Parsons claim
As always, the GOAT debate generates a lot of heated exchanges. Here are some reactions from fans.
"When will it end? MJ is the goat. there is no disputing it. If MJ played the same era as Lebron, he'd average 45pts a game. If he played as long as Lebron (in his era), he'd have 45,000+pts for his career. its not even close!"
"Finally! The end of the goat debate nears."
"Ring chased his whole career and still less rings than Jordan and Kobe, not even close to the GOAT."
"Michael Jordan played three years in college and then retired for like two years. He could’ve had the score record too if you’ve had those five seasons."
"That’s his opinion. It just means LeBron got a 4 year head start in the NBA while most went to college for a few years before coming to the NBA. And as titles go, he is still short 4 titles to 6 titles for MJ in the “modern era”.
James on who will break his record
Sports Brief earlier reported on James naming a few players who could surpass his inevitable scoring record.
The Lakers star said Kevin Durant is the most likely player to outdo him because of his versatility on the court.
He also added that the likes of Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Irving have a chance if they stay healthy.
Source: Sports Brief News