Micheal Jordan on GOAT debate: « It’s embarassing because no one Knows »

Micheal Jordan

Micheal Jordan legend explained in a 2009 interview why he’d never consider himself as the greatest basketball player ever.


There’s been quite a bit of talk as of late about who is the greatest of all time when it comes to the NBA.

Last Week LeBron James called himself the greatest player of the all time afrter braking kareem Abdul Jabbar scoring record. On Wednesday, a video interview from 2009 surfaced in which Michael Wilbon asked Michael Jordan if he considered himself the « greatest basketball player ever. » Jordan responded by saying that he doesn’t want that title because it « disrespects » the great names who played before his time.

« I don’t want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West — you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against, » Jordan said. « What everybody is saying I am, I never had the chance to compete against other legends that was prior to me. When I hear it, I cringe a little bit because it’s a little bit embarrassing because no one knows. I never had the chance to, once again, to play against those guys. I would love to have played against them but I never did. And for you to say that I’m better than him … I mean it’s your opinion; it’s their opinion. I accept that as their opinion. If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan. »

The timing of this interview’s release is certainly very intriguing given James making such comments within the last week. This certainly adds another layer to the debate and Jordan looks extremely humble given his stance on being the greatest ever.


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