Michael Jordan? LeBron James? Kobe Bryant? Doc Rivers names basketball’s GOAT

Doc Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes Micahel Jordan is ‘the GOAT’ (greatest of all time) ahead of the likes of LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.


The GOAT debate has been resparked after the release of Netflix documentary ‘The Last Dance’ which looks back at Jordan’s career.

Rivers is well placed to make a judgement.

A former NBA point guard, who turned out for Atlanta Hawks, LA Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs, he faced Jordan on the floor.

As a coach, he’s worked with Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and, now, the Clippers – and has led teams against the likes of Bryant and James.

But he’s in no doubt that Jordan remains the GOAT.

‘I played against Michael Jordan and have always put Michael as No. 1, but that shouldn’t take anything away from LeBron James or Magic or Kareem (Abdul Jabar), who I think gets overlooked way too much as well… Kobe (Bryant) as well,’ Rivers told SportsCenter.

‘But Michael, to me, is the greatest player. He’s the GOAT. It’s okay that everyone measures themselves against him.’

James is widely considered as the closest contender.

Jordan (6) has won three more titles than James – who has a 3-6 Finals record.

Jordan ended his career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists with the Bulls and Washington Wizards, winning five regular-season MVP awards.

By comparison, James has won four MVP trophies, has an average of 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists.


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