Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan's infamous rival, calls LeBron James the greatest player of all-time
Isiah Thomas, MJ's rival, calls LeBron the GOAT, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Isiah Thomas played Michael Jordan many times and the two were notorious rivals, but Thomas says LeBron James is the greatest player he has ever seen.
Given that Thomas is 59 years old and probably started looking tires in the 1960s or 1970s, it essentially means that he believes James is the G.O.A.T. He also played against others who would be up for discussion, such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Thomas tweeted the following on Thursday:
Isn't that interesting? He's not the first on Twitter to make this claim, but his opinion carries weight and is both skeptical.
On the one hand, Thomas himself is one of the 30 best players in NBA history. He won two NBA titles, a Finals MVP award, and is in the Hall of Fame.
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But he also has reason, as was well documented on ESPN's "Last Dance" series, to sharpen an ax on Jordan, who most believed played a role in Thomas' s removal from the "Dream Team" in 1992 . As the documentary also detailed, Jordan and Thomas got it out for each other after Thomas' Pistons went off the ground without shaking hands after a playoff loss to the Bulls.
In some ways, it would be more surprising if Thomas said Jordan was the G.O.A.T., as that would require putting aside his pride on a high-profile level that most of us could never identify with. And for this reason, Thomas's opinion is unlikely to affect many on the matter.
Of course, not that the Jordan-James debate will ever be settled.
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