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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Here is the most important thing to remember when one wonders who is the greatest player in the NBA of all time: it literally does not matter. I speak of this in a larger existential sense, where nothing in life has any meaning other than that which we attribute to it, and also in a less philosophical and well-grounded sense, in which no one will enjoy the basketball game. ball because we can do it. " Do not agree on who is the best player to have ever played. The NBA employs several hundred of the world's most talented athletes who perform or almost every night for nearly nine months a year; you will be entertained even if you do not watch GOAT. "data-reactid =" 22 ">Here is the most important thing to remember when one wonders who is the greatest player in the NBA of all time: it literally does not matter. I speak of this in a larger existential sense, where nothing in life has any meaning other than that which we attribute to it, and also in a less philosophical and well-grounded sense, in which no one will enjoy the basketball game. ball because we can do it. " Do not agree on who is the best player to have ever played. The NBA employs several hundred of the world's most talented athletes who perform or almost every night for nearly nine months a year; you will be entertained even if you do not watch GOAT.

And that's the other thing to remember here: it's all the entertainment, even the debate on who's the best. This is the kind of small stakes argument that is supposed to be a momentary and amusing distraction from things like the imminent climate catastrophe that will make it impossible for anyone to ever play basketball again.

<p class = "canvas-atom web-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "That's why it's so annoying to d & # 39; Hearing People's Reactions LeBron James says he's the greatest player in the NBA ever, in an episode of his ESPN + mini-series, More than an athlete, a show about himself and the rise of his tight circle and his domination of the world of sport and entertainment, James remembers the finals of the 2016 NBA, where he had brought the Cleveland Cavaliers after a deficit of 3-1 facing the Golden State Warriors. Cavaliers is the first NBA championship and the first major sports championship for the city of Cleveland in 52 years. "That's what made me the best player of all time," he said. "That's how I felt … Everyone was talking, how [the Warriors] were the biggest team of all time, as if it was the biggest team ever assembled. And for us to come back, you know, the way we came back that way, I thought, "You did something special." "" Data-reactid = "24"> That's why it's so disturbing to listen to people's reactions to LeBron James' assertion that he's the NBA's biggest player in all the time in an episode of his ESPN + miniseries. More than an athlete, a show about himself and the rise of his tight circle and his domination of the world of sport and entertainment, James remembers the finals of the 2016 NBA, where he had brought the Cleveland Cavaliers after a deficit of 3-1 facing the Golden State Warriors. Cavaliers is the first NBA championship and the first major sports championship for the city of Cleveland in 52 years. "That's what made me the best player of all time," he said. "That's how I felt … Everyone was talking, how [the Warriors] were the biggest team of all time, as if it was the biggest team ever assembled. And for us to come back, you know, the way we came back this way was, "You did something special."

He was treated not only as a misstep, which is not the case, but as a great impeachment of LeBron's character. This remark has been remarked as if he were now responsible for a societal decline in morality and decency. It's as if LeBron had shot a puppy on live TV.

During an NBA TV show, Chris Webber, former member of the All Star, who seems to have never heard of Muhammad Ali, intervened stating, "I have never heard of One of the most talented say that he was the greatest of all time. "Hall Kevin McHale, a family member, added," You do not need to say that about yourself- Just let others say it for you, it's disrespectful to the big, big, big players who came before you. "

As a result, an old interview with Michael Jordan, the man widely known so far as the largest, has begun to circulate on social media, where Jordan refuses to be called the biggest, which contrast with LeBron's comment. "What everyone is saying," says Jordan, "I've never had the opportunity to compete with other legends before me. When I hear it, I squeak a little bit On The ESPN, Scottie Pippen, Jordan's former partner, said, "Michael Jordan has never said that he was the greatest player to ever play."

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "And that's true … if you do not count not the fact he put on his fucking sneakers. Check the back of a pair of Air Jordan XII wearing the slogan "QUALITY INSPIRED BY THE LARGEST PLAYER OF THIS MOMENT". Do not try to convince me that Tinker Hatfield and Nike have seized this one. "Data-reactid =" 28 "> And that's true … if you do not count the fact he put on his fucking sneakers. Check the back of a pair of Air Jordan XII wearing the slogan "QUALITY INSPIRED BY THE LARGEST PLAYER OF THIS MOMENT". Do not try to convince me that Tinker Hatfield and Nike caught him off guard.

But it's OK! Really, really, that's it. The debate is more fun if these guys are also involved. Allow all those who believe they have the right to claim the title to throw their hat in the ring. Because what are we talking about when we try to determine the best? As Jordan pointed out in this interview, most of the participants in the discussion have never had the opportunity to face it, and the best way to determine who is a basketball player -Guest football is to play against another player and see who wins. Good luck for Bill Russell to lace them now to prove a point.

No one can really determine if Wilt Chamberlain's prolific score or Magic Johnson's helpers make either of them the best player. It depends on what you value more personally. It may just be an eye test: we choose GOAT based on the people who liked it most. (In this case, I'm leaving with Tracy McGrady.) For some people, it's not these personal stats, but the ultimate achievement of the team: the championships. How much did you get? If that is the criterion, then Russell, with eleven, must be the GOAT. But Jordan, with six and a perfect final record, appears more like the choice of people who think rings matter the most. It's incoherent because it can not be anything else. Russell had more, but there were fewer teams in the league at the time. Jordan had a perfect record in the final, but he did not necessarily face big historical challengers (he caught a kareem-free version of Abdul-Jabbar from the Lakers in 1991, and maybe I hate too much Karl Malone to admit the the greatness of jazz, but was also out of the league when the Hakeem Olajuwon Rockets reigned supreme). Or maybe he personally made it look bad? How to say?

LeBron's comment is instructive because it shows what we're talking about when we talk about GOAT: story. The Golden State Warriors were 73-9 in 2015-16, the all-time best record in the regular season, better than MJ's Bulls. Steph Curry was the first MVP unanimously. They set a 3-1 lead in the series, which no team had yet defeated in the NBA Finals. LeBron, along with Kyrie Irving, recorded one of the best three-game performances of all time, concluding with perhaps the best defensive game in NBA history, to ensure a win at home. seventh match.

It's an incredible story. It's a story worthy of the GOAT. And that's really all that LeBron wanted to do.

For almost three decades, we have been hammered by the story of Michael Jordan. Any casual basketball fan can tell you that. Winning game for North Carolina. Sixty-three points against the Celtics. Most valuable player and defensive player of the year in the same season. Overcome the Bad Boy pistons. Three peat, retreat, three peat. The shot on Ehlo, the shot on Russell. Jordan's story is well known to us and has become the standard by which magnitude is measured. Many who have contributed to the development of this story or who grew up with it protect it. Pippen's defense of Jordan's status as GOAT is not a surprise, because Jordan's story is, in part, his own. Jordan is also the first megastar of the modern NBA, where giant corporations have dictated the scenarios. Of course, we are not as aware of Oscar Robertson's story as Adidas did not spend millions of dollars telling it to us, as Nike did for Jordan.

It is no coincidence that LeBron is the first real challenger to Jordan's throne. The same machine that built Jordan's story has been doing the same thing for LeBron since he was 16. The fact that he has met and exceeded all expectations, on and off the court, only reinforces his argument for GOAT status. His story is different from MJ's, but it's a big story.

If you do not like his story, it'll be fine. There are many others that have been and will be told. But the petty devolution of this debate misses the reality of selling sneakers.

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