NBA Legend Isiah Thomas Says LeBron James Will Be The GOAT over Michael Jordan ‘When it’s All Said and Done’

Published 02/07/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket and scores during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James continues to impress, even in the latter stages of his career. The four-time MVP put on an impressive performance against the Detroit Pistons to get the Lakers the win. The game went into double-overtime, and James made two clutch threes to ice the game and get the Lakers back to winning ways.

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LeBron continues to impress

NBA legend Isiah Thomas spoke after the game on LeBron’s performance. Thomas was very happy with the way James played, especially at his age. He noted that it isn’t very often that players of his age play every game, including overtimes and long minutes. Thomas added that James continues to break records set by the very best in the NBA on a nightly basis.

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“I’m definitely impressed watching him because he’s doing it at age 36. And he’s playing back-to-back night, he’s playing overtimes, and then he’s taking and making all the big shots every single night. When I say every single night that LeBron James steps out, he’s breaking a record and passing some of the most historical figures that we have in the game.” 

Thomas picks LeBron James over MJ

Thomas added that James just recently surpassed Wilt Chamberlain with his performance. Isiah believes that LeBron James is undoubtedly the greatest player of his generation. But furthermore, he thinks that James will be considered the greatest of all time after he calls time on his legendary career.

He said, “The other night he just passed Wilt Chamberlain. He’s done things in the game that no one has ever done, touching every single statistical category every single night. Arguably the greatest player to ever play the game. For this generation, he’s been the greatest player to play. When it’s all said and done, LeBron James, in my opinion, will be the greatest to ever do it.”

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Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Cam Reddish (22) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas’s comments could be interpreted as genuine. However, he and Michael Jordan do have a certain degree of animosity toward each other. Therefore, him not picking Jordan as the greatest player of all-time could be based on their dislike for each other. But Thomas is not making any absurd comments when he says LeBron could be the GOAT when his career ends.

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Who is the GOAT – Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Even after LeBron retires, the debate will not end. But fans have been lucky to witness two generational talents over the past four decades of the NBA.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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