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Shaquille O’Neal chimes in on the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James GOAT debate

Not only Shaq has no doubt who the GOAT is, but he also slotted in another NBA legend in his no.2 spot.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

LeBron James and Michael Jordan

The GOAT debate will always be on fire whenever discussed. Michael Jordan has held the throne for a long time, but LeBron James is strongly making a case once he passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record. But for Shaquille O'Neal, there is no debate - one guy is the clear-cut greatest of all time.

LeBron breaking Abdul-Jabbar’s record

There are many factors to consider in designating the greatest player in any sport. Longevity, records, and impact are some of them. Currently, LeBron James sits second on the all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but not for long, as the L.A. Lakers star is set to overtake and become the record holder sometime this season. The King only has to score 1,325 points to break Kareem’s record, which he could accomplish in just 49 games barring any major injuries or load management. Many fans believe if and when James records this feat, it will solidify his case. 

James knows how big this achievement could be in the history of the NBA and his career. He is deadset on breaking that record, even if he claims he doesn’t think much about it or doesn’t have any relationships with the man he is about to dethrone. Being number one on the all-time scoring list proves LeBron is a scorer, takes care of his body, and remains focused at this stage of his career.

Shaquille O’Neal had the chance to play against Michael Jordan and LeBron James. He even became teammates with the latter in Cleveland. Shaq witnessed both players in their primes, and there was no doubt in his mind about who the GOAT is.

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“I think the greatest player is Michael Jordan”

The Big Diesel guested Paul Jake’s podcast IMPAULSIVE and shared interesting insights, including who his pick is in the GOAT debate. For many fans, MJ has been the GOAT but James is making everyone reconsider their choice when he becomes the NBA’s all-time leader in scored points this season.

I agree LeBron’s LeBron is about to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time and I think he will move his name up there, but for me it’s always Dr. J and Michael Jordan.

The basketball superstar turned sports analyst added that he respects everyone’s opinion, but his pick remains the Chicago Bulls star. Shaq also revealed he was jealous of LeBron for passing Kareem’s record because he wanted to be the one doing it.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Shaq interview if it didn’t feature him drumming up his accomplishments. The Hall of Famer mentioned that MJ was the only one he feared on the court but added that he was the last player to defeat Mike in the postseason.

Shaq played against both and witnessed how Jordan and James worked their behind on and off the court, perfecting their craft. LeBron’s fans will have their say on their idol, but for MJ loyalists, he still is the GOAT no matter what. 

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