While most fans believe Jordan is the greatest player of all time, there are numerous players who can make their case for this distinction.
James dominated headlines when he felt he was the greatest player of all time after coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. These comments naturally reignited the heated debate.
“I find it quite disrespectful that they don’t bring Kobe’s name up,” he says of his one-time teammate and rival. “That kind of pisses me off how they just skip over him and say, ‘LeBron.’ I don’t understand that. Because I was there with him, and he was a bad motherfucker, too.”
Bryant has a solid case accolades-wise given that he is a five-time champion and an 18-time All-Star. He also happens to be third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list as well as holding several Los Angeles Lakers franchise records.
While Bryant is a worthy candidate, players like Jordan and James also have several factors working in their favor. Jordan has one more championship and more Most Valuable Player awards, while James is still playing and could easily win more awards before he retires.
O’Neal is right that Bryant does garner as much consideration as other players, but it may also be warranted when considering who else is in the conversation. The debate is a never-ending one, but it is an enjoyable one given how many different arguments can be made for different players.