Kendrick Perkins made another attempt to put LeBron James over Michael Jordan in the GOAT debate. His arguments met with ridicule on Twitter.
This is not the first time that Kendrick Perkins has used the argument that LeBron James is an overachiever. Back in May 2020, with no timetable for the NBA return, sports networks had run out of topics to debate. Perkins caused a stir by claiming that LeBron James had consistently beaten expectations more than any other American athlete.
That was the time when interest around the GOAT debate was peaking, given how the American public were treated to ‘The Last Dance’. But nobody is going to talk about that when the playoffs are on. Especially not after a 10-point performance in a game in which LeBron James was not even the best player on the floor.
‘LeBron James is the GOAT over Michael Jordan’
Yet, Kendrick Perkins found a way to squeeze in a way to put his former teammate on a pedestal.
Perkins feels that just because the Lakers star has a chance of winning the championship at 35, he should be considered above Jordan in the ‘GOAT’ debate. The problem with the argument is that he hasn’t even been the best Lakers man on the floor for a lot of games this season.
“LeBron James is 35! Michael Jordan weren’t competing for a championship at 35!”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 21, 2020
Several people have noted the inaccuracies in Perkins’ claims. James was featured on the SI cover at 17, not 16. And Michael Jordan had had a championship run with an MVP, a Finals MVP, a scoring title and an All-Defensive First Team selection in his age-35 season. He was rightly ridiculed across Twitter for these wildly random, vage and imprecise arguments.
Jordan was 35 when he:
Won his 6th championship
Won Finals MVP
Won his 10th scoring title
First team All NBA
First team All Defense
You’re right he wasn’t competing for anything at 35
— ❄️CobyWhiteSzn❄️ (@TrubiskySzn69) August 21, 2020
Kendrick Perkins’s reputation as an analyst has been in the mud for quite some time now. Paul Pierce was earlier the whipping boy of NBA fans, but Perkins’s demeanour beats it.