Isiah Thomas Blatantly Ignored Michael Jordan to Call Lakers Legend the Undisputed NBA GOAT: “There’s no player alive or dead who has had a better basketball career”

Published 05/07/2022, 10:46 PM EDT
CHICAGO – 1991: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls jumps to shoot a basket against the Detroit Pistons as Cliff Levingston #53 of the Bulls, Dennis Rodman #10 of the Pistons and Isiah Thomas #11 of the Pistons watch the shot at the Chicago Stadium during the 1991 NBA Playoffs in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is often regarded as one of the forgotten greats of basketball. The Lakers and Bucks legendary center has accomplished everything a player can achieve in his career. From winning multiple MVPs to multiple championships, his resume has it all. But now another game legend has named him the undisputed GOAT.

Pistons legend Isiah Thomas, in a resurfaced clip, talks about how Kareem is often forgotten in the GOAT debate. He said, “There’s no player alive or dead who has had a better basketball career”. 

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar – The all-conquering center

The Bucks drafted Kareem first overall in the 1969 NBA Draft. In 1971, he led them to the franchise’s first NBA Championship at 24 years old.  Using his trademark skyhook shot, he established himself as one of the league’s top scorers. He still holds the record for most career points in NBA during the regular season with 38,387 points. After his initial success with the Bucks, he got frustrated and was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975.

SANTA MONICA, CA – JUNE 25: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrives at the NBA Awards Show 2018 held at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

His time with the Lakers started at a slow pace, but it all changed when the Lakers drafted Magic Johnson. Johnson and Kareem made a dynamic duo and started a run of five championships for the Lakers in the eighties. They started the “Showtime” Lakers. Which included fast-break points on Magic pushing the ball and Kareem finishing the move with a dunk.

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Isiah and Jordan

Isiah’s GOAT comment is also sometimes seen as his indirect attack on Michael Jordan. Jordan and Isiah never had a great relationship, and it all came down to the Detroit PistonsChicago Bulls NBA Playoffs series of the late eighties. The Pistons being concerned of Jordan’s game would always have a very rough game plan for him, which involved fouling him whenever he entered the paint.

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Jordan would have his revenge when he would sweep the Pistons en route to his first NBA Championship. But another point of animosity between the two came when Isiah was not selected for the dream team for the 1992 Olympics. It is said that it was because of Jordan’s influence that he was not selected. We don’t know whether Isiah was taking a swipe at Jordan, but we should never forget the greatness of Kareem.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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