NBA Fans Go Berserk As Kendrick Perkins “Disrespects” Kobe Bryant in GOAT list, Puts LeBron James Over Michael Jordan

Published 10/15/2021, 2:38 PM EDT
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – APRIL 30, 2013. Kobe Bryant talks with reporters after his exit interview with the Lakers on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The discussion for who are the greatest players of all time always comes down to the greatest in every position. Then followed by the subjective greatest players in that position across eras. It is because of this that there is never a singular answer of who is the greatest player of all time. Most commonly, people come down to three players for short-listing who is the GOAT. And they are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant.

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Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins was recently asked who he feels are the top-10 players of all-time in the NBA. His answer received a lot of criticism from fans on Twitter. The sheer disrespect appalled a few Kobe Bryant fans.

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Twitter erupts as Perkins disrespects Kobe Bryant in his all-time NBA list

While few criticized the players in his top-10, the main issue was the order in which he ranked them. First, Kobe Bryant does not deserve to be 9th on that list. If NBA was all about the number of championship rings, Bill Russell should have been on top of that list. However, since Perkins claims to have considered other factors in making this list for him, Kobe‘s inclusion so low on this list is appalling.

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What does this mean for the GOAT debate?

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James have their game face on as they guard each other in the fourth quarter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Lakers lost 98-95. LeBron James scored 14 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant finished with 33 points. (Photo by Allen J.Schaben /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images

Since Kendrick Perkins included Kobe so low on this list, he should brace himself for Kobe fans lashing out at him. However, one aspect that goes ignored in this process is that he definitively put LeBron James over Michael Jordan on his list.

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Perkins has never hesitated in admitting that he is a huge admirer of LeBron James. Especially since he was drafted in the same year as LeBron and he never got a chance to play with Jordan. However, Perkins has been called out for making misinformed comparisons between these two in the past. So is he really a reliable source to decide the GOAT debate? Highly doubt that.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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