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Robert Parish explains why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the GOAT instead of Michael Jordan

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Boston Celtics legend Robert Parish thinks Michael Jordan is not the greatest player of all time and believes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar deserves that accolade instead.

Parish has a lot of respect for Michael Jordan

Former NBA player Robert Parish made a guest appearance on the Celtics All Access, where he discussed several things from his HOF career. As someone who spent two decades in the NBA, playing with and against numerous legendary players, Parish shared his opinion on the most heated topic among the NBA fans of who is the GOAT in the NBA.

Most fans, especially the younger ones, would say Michael Jordan is that player, and that wouldn't be necessarily wrong; however, Parish disagrees with the assessment. Even though he has a lot of respect for Jordan and admires everything he did for the game of basketball, he can't agree with what the majority thinks about which player is the GOAT of the NBA.

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I don't agree with that assessment, and Michael was great in his time, and you have to give him credit for winning six championships in a row. You know, two three-peats. I acknowledge that, and I respect that but as good as Michael was and he was an exceptional talent.

Robert Parish, via Celtics All Access on CLNS

Kareem was the GOAT in his opinion

For Parish, the GOAT title should belong to none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, against whom Parish had numerous great battles throughout the years. Parish was the starting center on the Boston Celtics, and Jabbar was the starting center with the Lakers during the Showtime era, and the rivalry between these two teams was the best thing in the NBA during the entire '80s.

On top of that, at the end of his career, Parish was Jordan's teammate with the Chicago Bulls, so he got to chance to see what Jordan was all about from watching him up close. That is where the respect for Jordan came from, but he believes Kareem's impact and dominance of the game were superior to Jordans. Kareem's incredible post moves were the main reason he was pretty much unstoppable, and for Parish, that is what makes him the GOAT.

Kareem's skyhook was unstoppable. The jump hook and the skyhook are in my opinion, the two most unstoppable weapons in basketball.

Robert Parish, via Celtics All Access on CLNS

Whether you agree with Parish or not is up to you, but he did bring valid points to this debate. He didn't diminish Jordan's greatness, but since he actually had the opportunity to witness both players in their primes, his reasoning for this opinion is more than valid. At the end of the day, the GOAT debate is all about personal preferences. Still, the reality is that Kareem doesn't get the respect he deserves, especially among the younger generation of NBA fans.

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