Who is the GOAT? That is a question that will forever start a fierce debate among NBA fans. From Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and even LeBron James, there has been a couple of names thrown in the conversation. Although most fans and NBA analysts like to express their opinion about the topic, the players themselves aren’t innocent when it comes to giving their point of view, as you can find in an article about Jordan’s opinion on the matter here.
At the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of NBA, the league decided to honor all their best players throughout history as the halftime show featured a ceremony honoring the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. A lot of well-known faces gathered in one place. It sparked a lot of conversations. But one particularly stood out.
Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan had never met before that weekend, and it opened the opportunity for debate between the two that many fans had before. Who would you instead take in their prime? Wilt or MJ?
Wilt and Michael were in the corner of a room going back and forth intensively on who the greatest player of all time is. And then David Stern walked into the room, rushing them to get out because of the ceremony. But it didn’t stop them as they continued to discuss. When Stern asked them the second time, they stood up.
But Wilt always had to have the last word, as he looked at Michael and said:
"Just remember Michael. When you played, they changed the rules to make it easier for you to dominate. When I played, they changed the rules to make it harder for me”
Even Michael Jordan had no comeback to that. It was a finish to their conversation. You could make the argument Jordan is the GOAT, but Wilt is the most dominant player ever. It is really a matter of preference. In the end, whoever your pick is, you can be sure you can't go wrong with either of them.