‘Champion at Every Level’: Hall of Famer Picks This Player as the GOAT Over Michael Jordan

Published 09/27/2021, 9:38 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 25: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson attend the MLB game between the Cincinnatti Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)


Former basketball star Robert Dandridge reserved high praise for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He called him the greatest basketball player of all time while speaking on the ‘SiriusXM NBA Radio’ show. This might have come as a surprise to fans of the former NBA and Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. The NBA recently inducted Robert Dandridge into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Dandridge’s comments have fueled the debate of the greatest basketball player ever to play the sport once again.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 03: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents’ dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s devastating attack play style

Robert Dandridge recently appeared on the ‘SiriusXM NBA Radio show. He opined that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the greatest player of all time to grace the sport of basketball. He also said that defending against Abdul-Jabbar was next to impossible.

I definitely feel that he’s the greatest player of all time. Clyde is right with that weapon. There was no defense against Kareem and that weapon.”

Dandridge also praised Abdul-Jabbar’s basketball intelligence, saying, “And then he had a lot of information about the game. Kareem played with good players throughout his career, going back to Power Memorial and on the playground of New York City.”

Abdul-Jabbar’s achievements

Dandridge spoke with authority about Abdul-Jabbar as they were former teammates. He won the NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks alongside Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Dandridge himself averaged 18.5 points per game over 839 regular-season games and 20 points per game in 98 playoff games and was a 4-time NBA all-star.

While speaking about Abdul-Jabbar’s career achievements, Dandridge described him as a champion at all levels.

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It didn’t take Kareem maybe 5 or 6 years to win a championship. Kareem has been a champion at every level, and a distinctive champion, cause I think at UCLA they may have won at least 2 maybe 3 national championships. And then in his second year in Milwaukee, he was able to win another championship, and then he won another couple championships with the Lakers.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar (L) and Kobe Bryant (R)

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A 6-time NBA champion and 6-time MVP, Abdul-Jabbar is considered the NBA’s best center of all time. He is also currently the only player in NBA history who has 19 All-Star selections to his name. The NBA named him one of the 50 greatest players in history in 1996.

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When he retired in 1989 at 42, Abdul-Jabbar was the all-time leader in the NBA in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446).

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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