The Michael Jordan-LeBron James GOAT debate has gotten a little bit spicier after LeBron’s statements about the time he thought he had become the greatest player of all time.
In an interview released on his 34th birthday, LeBron admitted that after the 3-1 comeback win against the 73-9 Warriors, James did feel as if he had become the greatest player of all time.
“I was super, super ecstatic to win one for Cleveland because of the 52-year drought,” James said.
“The first wave of emotion was when everyone saw me crying, like, that was all for 52 years of everything in sports that’s gone on in Cleveland.
“And then after I stopped, I was like … that one right there made you the greatest player of all time.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) December 30, 2018
Man what a GREAT Bday!! My Brothers got a W then came to celebrate with me afterwards with family and friends! Can’t ask for a better day! SPECIAL S/O my Queen @SavannahRB for the surprise festivities post game. 🙏🏾‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️❤️👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 31, 2018
“Everybody was just talking — how (the Warriors) were the greatest team of all time, like it was the greatest team ever assembled. And for us to come back, you know, the way we came back in that fashion, I was like, ‘You did, you did something special.’
“That’s probably one of the only times in my career I felt like, oh, s***, like you did something special.” he added.
Robert Horry, who was won 7 NBA championships weighed in on the GOAT debate. Horry tried to be on the fence with respect to his choice.
“As far as the comparisons go, it’s not fair. LeBron and Michael both played in different eras,” Horry said.
I always get amazed as to how we always need to have someone as the best of something. Why can’t we have two people as the best at something?” he added.
"There's only one person in the Western Conference who knows what it takes to beat Golden State… that person is LeBron James. The team to beat in the west, outside of Golden State, the biggest threat, is the Los Angeles Lakers." — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/17vShhBB6G
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 1, 2019
Horry had actually chosen Jordan in an earlier interview, and later admitted that if he was forced to pick one, he would go in with Jordan.
“If I had to pick one, I’d pick Jordan. Ask me tomorrow, I might say LeBron, ask me three days later I may say Kobe (Bryant). If I’m in Houston I may say Dream (Hakeem Olajuwon).” Horry said.
LeBron has been slammed for quoting himself as the GOAT, by NBA legends and fans alike.
Do you think LeBron was right in claiming that he was the GOAT?