Iman Shumpert on Arguments With LeBron James for Calling Michael Jordan the GOAT: “LeBron Laughs at That. He’s in the Conversation, Why Does He Care”

Published 12/25/2021, 10:00 AM EST


NBA fans generally point out LeBron James as one of the greatest players of all time. The Los Angeles Lakers star regularly finds himself as a subject of such debates. LeBron has played for some of the biggest franchises in the NBA in his long career. Recently, a former NBA player commented on the long-drawn debate about GOAT status between LeBron and Michael Jordan.

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Former NBA star Iman Shumpert named his GOAT choosing between LeBron and Jordan. While speaking on ‘Bootleg Kev’, Iman explained his reasons for picking Jordan as the GOAT over LeBron. Iman also revealed how LeBron laughed at such GOAT comparisons and remained unaffected by them.

Iman said, “Like I said, man, Bron you my dog, you know this though. Me and Bron argue about this though. Bron laughs at that sh*t bro. He is in the conversation. Why the fu*k does he care? He’s getting compared to Michael Jordan dog.”

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He further said, “We have real life arguments in barbershops who’s better between him and Mike. The fu*k he gonna get mad for? He don’t get mad.” Iman further explains how a present-day matchup of LeBron and Jordan would lead to Jordan winning a one vs one game.

Iman Shumpert played alongside LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played at the Cavaliers between 2015 to 2018. Iman won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cavaliers as they beat the Golden State Warriors in Finals. His time with the Cavaliers overlapped LeBron’s second spell at the franchise.

LeBron spent his first spell at the Cavaliers between 2003 to 2010.

LeBron James’ case for usurping the ‘GOAT title from Michael Jordan

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Sports fans globally use the ‘GOAT’ title to refer to the greatest players of all time in their respective sports. It is logical that Michael Jordan and LeBron James would feature in such a debate in the basketball world. NBA fans naturally jump into heated debates defending their heroes as perceived GOATs.

Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA titles in the 90s. LeBron has tried to emulate Jordan’s success as he stands at four NBA titles in his 18-year career. LeBron’s last NBA title came with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

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Comparisons between the two are undoubtedly a stretch, as LeBron is currently playing his 19th NBA season and Jordan retired in 2003.

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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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