Former NBA player and one of the greatest guards in league history, Dwyane Wade, recently made an appearance on the ‘I Am Athlete’ in which he discussed multiple things from his illustrious career. Wade touched upon the most heated debate on who is the GOAT, and despite being great friends with LeBron James, Wade still believes Michael Jordan is the best player in NBA history. Nevertheless, Wade has a lot of respect for everything LeBron is doing in the NBA at the moment, showcasing he is still one of the best players in the league at the age of 36.
LeBron is one of my good friends; I have so much respect for what he’s doing now, what he’s done, and what he will eventually do. It will definitely be an argument that needs to be had.Dwyane Wade, via I Am Athlete
Even though Jordan is, in his opinion, the GOAT, Wade believes LeBron still has a chance if he wins one or two more championships. LeBron’s consistency and ability to impact the game on so many levels is what might eventually make him the GOAT.
“If LeBron ends up the number scorer of all-time, top five in assists and top five rebounds, with four, five, or six championships, you can’t do nothing but have the conversation of who is the GOAT.”Dwyane Wade, via I Am Athlete
As a Chicago native, Wade’s biggest idol growing up was Jordan, who was the main reason Wade started playing basketball in the first place. That type of impact is hard to neglect, and just like Wade said, the GOAT debate is always based on personal preferences about specific players.
“I come from the Jordan era, so I’m biased. Michael Jordan will always be my GOAT… I played basketball because of Michael Jordan… All of us have our own individual opinion.”Dwyane Wade, via I Am Athlete
Younger generations of NBA fans probably have more admiration for LeBron than some other older NBA legends, simply because they grew up watching him play. Wade completely understands that logic because, for him, it was Jordan that impacted his life early on and inspired him he could do the same.
“LeBron is going to be the GOAT for a lot of generations… [Jordan] will be my GOAT… I made it out of the hood because I’ve seen a dude, number 23 play the game of basketball at a level where I was like I want to do some of that.”Dwyane Wade, via I Am Athlete