More often than not, it’s interesting whenever celebrities jump in on the everlasting NBA GOAT debate. As we all know, Hollywood director and producer Spike Lee is a New York Knicks diehard and a huge NBA fan. For sure, Lee has shared his take on the greatest player of all time debate several times, but there was one time when he got hot into it with a random fan for insisting Michael Jordan is the GOAT.
Spike knows only one GOAT
Back in 2019, Lee said there’s only one rightful GOAT in basketball and that is none other than Jordan. The renowned film director pointed out that as much as he acknowledges the greatness of LeBron James, the title belongs to MJ and the fact that “King James” once boasted that he’s the GOAT certainly didn’t help.
“There’s only one GOAT,” Lee said in 2019 via Bradblanks YouTube channel. “I got love for LeBron [James], but the one GOAT and also one record, Mike has never said he is the greatest. He’s never said that. The only person who has said it and deserved it was [Muhammad] Ali. He said, I am the greatest… I’m not saying that Michael doesn’t deserve it, he’s never said it before. He’s never said I’m the greatest.”
To make the chat even more interesting, Spike suddenly pulled a random guy from the crowd behind him. The pair began debating as that person happened to be a LeBron fan.
As Lee tried to bolster his point as to why Jordan is the GOAT and not James, the guy waved him off as if saying he wasn’t having any of that MJ stuff.
Lee then yelled at him and said, “You lose! These young heads, they don’t know what they're talking about.”
Weezy also excludes LeBron from the conversation
More recently, another famous celebrity who was quizzed to share his take on the GOAT debate was rap star Lil Wayne. Unlike Lee, Weezy didn’t hail Jordan as the greatest. Instead, Lil Wayne narrowed down the candidates to just his idol, Kobe Bryant and MJ. No LeBron.
“I’m a real sports guy but that is a tough, tough question. These days they think the tough question is Jordan or LeBron, [but] NO. Jordan or Kobe is the tough question,” Lil Wayne said.
Be it Jordan, LeBron, or Kobe, all of them could be the GOAT as this conversation will always be a subjective matter.