Dennis Rodman is still looking out for his teammate Michael Jordan, despite the duo not having played with each other for almost 20 years now.
The GOAT debate has been present in the NBA for eternity, with different people endorsing different schools of thought. However, largely the consensus as of now is that Michael Jordan is currently the GOAT, with LeBron James a close second.
Legends before Jordan too find a place in the GOAT list, but not a lot of them beat LeBron for 2nd place.
The way LeBron has taken over the league in the last few years has earned him a close spot to Michael Jordan, but it will take some effort on LeBron’s part to go ahead and overtake MJ.
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 19, 2019
— Sixers Nation (@PHI_76ersNation) February 20, 2019
Now, Wilt Chamberlain’s record makes him another contender for the GOAT tag, with a lot of people bringing him into the debate as well, especially for his shooting prowess.
Joel Embiid recently did the same, confirming that according to him Wilt Chamberlain was the GOAT and not Michael Jordan.
“[Jordan] is not the G.O.A.T.” said Joel Embiid on Ringer’s NBA desktop episode.
“To me, you got Wilt Chamberlain. He’s got all the records, and no one is ever gonna beat them. I don’t see anyone ever getting 100 points in a game. That’s it, he’s the G.O.A.T.” he added.
Denis Rodman was quick to put Embiid in his place with respect to his comments on the ‘GOAT Debate’, asking him to ‘shut the f**k up’.
“Joel Embiid, you’re doing a great job for your little island or country where you’re from. Shut the f**k up, go do your goddamn job and do Philly proud. That’s the 1 thing they need, a championship.” Rodman said.
When TMZ asked him to confirm that he was indeed telling Embiid that he was wrong about not labelling MJ ‘the GOAT, he confirmed with an affirmative.
“You’re goddamn right he’s wrong.” Rodman said.
Dennis Rodman’s reaction to Joel Embiid saying MJ is not the GOAT:
“You’re doing a great job for your little island or country where you’re from. Shut the f–k up, go do your goddamn job”
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Chamberlain and Jordan played in two different eras of the NBA and thus a direct comparison wouldn’t be fair, but from a very objective perspective, Jordan’s 6 NBA titles in 6 attempts, does warrant his place at the top of the ‘GOAT chart’.
Also, Jordan’s impact on the game, on the court and off it too cannot be under-estimated.
Embiid is entitled to his opinion but should be ready for critocism from Jordan’s teammates. He would now like to focus on the business part of the season and ensuring that the 76ers get a good seed in the playoffs.