Danny Green made a guest appearance on ESPN’s show First Take in which he pretty much shut down the GOAT debate among LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan. These types of discussions are never-ending, and fans lay out their reasons for one player being superior to others, depending on their personal preferences regarding certain players.
People should appreciate more what players did in their respective eras and respect the differences in their accomplishments. Green gave a good point in introducing a new term instead of GOAT. He would use the term GOTE (Greatest of their era), differentiated from the often used GOAT term. This way, people would recognize the best players in a specific period and minimize the comparisons between players that never played against each other.
I don’t like to do those talks. I like to spell GOAT differently – The greatest of their era, so GOTE. A lot of guys play different positions, and they are all ahead of their time, and I appreciate each and every one of them, especially the ones I’m apart of and being able to be close and play with. I don’t try to see mistakes in any of these great guys and great players. I just try to see the great plays that they do and how well they do things, how efficiently they do things. I don’t do the GOAT talks; I do GOTE talks.Danny Green, via First Take
The best point Green brought up in the interview is that various all-time greats never had the opportunity to play against each other, so how can you determine which one is better. Michael Jordan played against Kobe Bryant for a short period but never had the opportunity to face LeBron, who is nowadays compared to Jordan more than ever before.
You will never see some of these greats match up against each other, and you are never going to know if you don’t see them play against each other. It’s fun to have the barber-shop talks with your friends and compare who has what and is better at something, but at the end of the day, they are all greats, and that is why we are talking about them. I like to appreciate and give respect to everybody.Danny Green, via First Take
Green’s proposition makes a lot of sense and might end the pointless debates on whether LeBron is better than Kobe or Jordan or some other NBA legend. Even Jordan himself said it’s hard to compare players from different eras on multiple occasions for various reasons, so using the term GOTE might provide a more constructive approach when determining which player is better or more successful than others.