Isiah Thomas Once Said on LeBron James’ GOAT Resume: “Where Did LeBron Get All His Knowledge From? Jordan Had Dean Smith, Phil Jackson. I Had Chuck Daly. You Do Not Come Into Our League at Age 22 and Go to the NBA Finals”

Published 12/17/2021, 5:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Now in his late thirties, LeBron James began his career very early. For close to twenty years now, he has dominated the NBA in fine style. In spite of missing several games in the 2021-22 season, his return has been instrumental in the Lakers’ recovery. Similarly, James had a vital part to play even during his stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. According to former player Isiah Thomas, the 36-year-old had a natural knowledge of the game that took him very far.

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After missing many games in the first quarter of the ongoing season, LeBron James has blown the Western Conference wide open. He has been an explosive revelation and is spearheading the Lakers towards consecutive victories. It is hard to comprehend how an athlete can stay just as focused and dominant for such a long period of time. Yet, ‘King Bron’ defies all the odds every year. Along the way, the starlet has learned from some of the game’s best. Whether on the same team or not, there have been various influential figures from time to time. Yet, he has an idiosyncratic demeanor, both on and off the court.

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Isiah Thomas on LeBron James: ‘Where did he get all his knowledge from?’

60-year-old Isiah Thomas was one of the best guards of his era. He was a 2-time NBA champion and a 12-time All-star. After announcing his retirement, Thomas has been an NBA analyst for a while now. Although he has always been proud of his career, Isiah believes that the people who he learned from, defined the player he was. It was the same for Michael Jordan. But according to him, LeBron had the innate capability to achieve greatness on his own merit.

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In an interview on Undisputed, Thomas revealed what he felt about LeBron’s position in the GOAT debate. He laid out the importance of Hall of Fame coaches to all the stars preceding LeBron. “Where did LeBron get his knowledge from?” questioned the Detroit Pistons veteran. “Jordan had Dean Smith, Phil Jackson. I had Chuck Daly. You do not come into our league at age 22 and go to the NBA Finals.”

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Isiah Thomas undoubtedly has a point. What LeBron accomplished right from a young age, will perhaps never be done again. In addition, it was all done on his own. A true inspiration, LeBron’s career blueprint is one to follow for generations to come!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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