When it comes to the NBA, the GOAT debate is extremely dicey. While many have narrowed it down to the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James duel, this is not always the case. The likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant are in the mix as well. Recently, NBA legend Isiah Thomas has snubbed Jordan while praising James and Kareem.
While LeBron James has made 18 All-Star appearances in his career, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has bettered that record with 19 appearances. Apart from being one of the most decorated athletes in NBA’s history, Kareem is also widely regarded as one of the best shooters in the game.
He also leads the league in terms of points for regular season, with 4-time champion LeBron looking to hunt the number down. And while he has just under 2,000 points to go, will the statistic be the deciding factor in the greatest player argument?
Isiah Thomas feels LeBron James’ career points will decide the GOAT debate
Playing for the Detroit Pistons for 13 years, the now 60-year-old Isiah Thomas is among the top NBA analysts going around. Off late, he has been in extra awe of James’ game, and with good reason.
Nonetheless, Isiah has admitted on several occasions that Kareem is the benchmark in the league. And in a recent ESPN interview, the 12-time All-Star made a confident claim. However, this may not sit too well with the fans of Jordan and the Bulls.
Talking with fellow analyst Stephen A. Smith, Thomas spoke about the GOAT debate. More specifically, about LeBron’s placement in the argument. Interestingly, the 2-time NBA champion stated, “But we can safely say that by the time he [LeBron] is done playing, he may have passed Kareem. When he passes Kareem in scoring, you have to anoint him as the GOAT.” It is safe to say, that there will be numerous questions raised over this call.
“LeBron has had to do everything in the shadow of Jordan. MJ never had to worry about competition.”
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Do you agree with what Isiah Thomas had to say about LeBron and Kareem? Is the GOAT debate truly going to be determined solely by that one statistic? Have your say in the comments below.