WATCH: Nick Kyrgios Sparks Fire as He Chooses NBA GOAT Between LeBron James & Michael Jordan

Published 07/28/2021, 10:16 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Paul Childs


The GOAT conversation is age-old with superstars like Michael Jordan and LeBron James reigning in the league. While many call it a closed conversation with MJ’s double three-peat, LeBron fans go with his playoff abilities to counter the point.

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Michael Jordan is said to be the all-time favorite of NBA fans. It’s been a long time since his retirement, and the Hall of Famer is still compared to some newbies in the league. On the other hand, the world is watching LeBron James unleash his dominance in present times. The boy from Akron is turning 37 years, and it seems like he is still ready to grab another ring.

Well, this time it’s Nick Kyrgios choosing between the legends!

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May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) as he drives to the basket against Chris Paul (3) and forward Jae Crowder (99) in the second half during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan isn’t the GOAT anymore?

In Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios’ mind, LeBron James has surpassed the Bulls legend long ago. In a recent video, Kyrgios is seen walking away and casually making a strong statement dismissive of MJ. He said – “LeBron’s better than Jordan. Not even a debate. Kobe’s better than Jordan. Not even a debate.”

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Kyrgios is the highest Australian in ATP rankings having won six ATP titles. He is infamously remembered as only the third player to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in his first meeting with them. Nick Kyrgios has clearly shunned Jordan’s prominence and legacy in the NBA league with that on-the-go opinion. He believes that the King is only worthy of the GOAT acronym.

 

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Lakers and LeBron James battled an injury-plagued season

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers departed quite early in the 2020-21 season. Holding the defending champions tag, the Lakers were laid with injuries throughout this year. Bron sat out of nearly 20 games during the regular season. By the time he refueled himself, the Lakers lost their first round of playoffs to Phoenix Suns. It was a disappointing end of the season for James and co.

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Last year in the Orlando Bubble, LeBron clinched the fourth NBA championship of his career. The 17-time All-star will continue to fetch for more titles in the future. After 18 years in the league, can LeBron James make his rings the same number as Kobe Bryant’s?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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