“LeBron to The Bench”: Fans Debate GOAT Squad Including Kobe Bryant And Michael Jordan

Published 10/03/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


When a player operates at the level of entering the greatest of all-time debates, one can assume that they don’t have any major flaws in their game. In fact, the flaws become tougher to notice amid the greatness they exude. However, things change when you have to pick the starting five of the best players to have stepped on the hardwood. And in this situation, Lakers’ LeBron James didn’t look too good coming out of it.

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LeBron James is hated on, AGAIN?

LeBron James has always had his fair share of critics and haters. From fans in general, to even analysts, they don’t waste any opportunities to bring him down. Even the best accomplishments in his career, like winning NBA championships, have been dismissed by saying that Bron could never do it without the support he had.

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In a debate on Twitter, fans are arguing about who they would bench out of 6 NBA all-timers, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Shaquille O’Neal.

The Tweet that started this topic explained that Shaq and LeBron would be on his list because they’re booth poor when it comes to shooting from the free-throw line. However, since Shaq is a monster on the board, LeBron would be the one to get the boot out of all of them. Surprisingly, there were a host of accounts who agreed with the original tweeter.

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Is King James that bad of a free throw shooter?

If LeBron James has a weakness in his game, it has to be his free throws. The impactful frame and ball-handling capabilities often land him in situations in which he has to go to the free-throw line. When you look at it, LeBron’s free throw percentage is a decent 73.3%, which is much better than that of Shaq’s which is 52.7%.

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May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

But it seems like it’s in the clutch moments during which he suffers at the charity strip more. While this is obviously a concern, LeBron more than makes up for it in other areas of his game. So, do you agree with this conclusion these fans made? Who would you bench out of the iconic six?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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