LeBron James is currently playing in his 17th NBA season and is once again one of the leading candidates for the MVP award. His numbers are astonishing when you consider all the mileage his body already has, and the Los Angeles Lakers are a legitimate title contender this year. Despite all of his achievements and the fact his career is still not over, fans dislike it for different reasons.
When it comes to the GOAT conversation, many fans would definitely put LeBron on their top 3 list of all-time. When it comes to former NBA players, Karl Malone is one of the players that is Lebron’s biggest fans. The second-leading scorer in NBA history admires LeBron a lot and believes he is the most talented player he ever saw. Just like Malone, LeBron is a physical specimen that you don’t see very often. On top of that, LeBron is a hard worker who is continually improving every aspect of his craft.
I think LeBron James is the most talented player I’ve ever seen. Sometimes you will hear people make a statement, but they don’t back it up with nothing. Let me explain it to you. LeBron James is about 6’8″, about 265 pounds and I would say to do the things he could do, we will never see it again.Karl Malone, via Dan Patrick Show
Malone also realizes many people don’t appreciate LeBron because of reasons he can’t understand. According to Malone, someone who loves basketball should appreciate everything LeBron is doing every time he steps on the court.
For all those haters out there, sit back and enjoy—every now or then, you see a player that comes through like that.Karl Malone, via Dan Patrick Show
Unlike many older players who sometimes don’t have nice things to say about this generation of players and the game itself, Malone believes numerous great players came after he retired from the NBA. Just like LeBron, these players are so talented they don’t come as often, and according to Malone, fans should put more respect on their names.
I could say, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Westbrook. Every now or then, you see guys coming in, and you say wow. People don’t know how to take them, so they become haters.Karl Malone, via Dan Patrick Show
LeBron is currently the third-leading scorer behind only Karl Malone himself and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. LeBron needs 2876 points to surpass Malone on the list. If he continues playing the same way he is now, there is no doubt he will become the second-leading scorer in the next two seasons. Whether that will certify him on a lot of people’s GOAT lists remains to be seen, but Karl Malone is definitely a big fan of LeBron’s and as he continues to write his legacy in the NBA.