The GOAT debate has been going on for so long that it’s getting tiring. People have stretched out the rules of logic as if they were a rubber band to fit their arguments. Kobe Bryant once chimed in on the debate. In just a few words, he managed to blow up Twitter because of his not-so-popular take.
Kobe’s thoughts on the GOAT debate
When LeBron James made his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals in 2018, Bryant sent out a tweet, telling fans to enjoy what they were seeing. He also included some interesting hashtags pertaining to him, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James.
Kobe’s tweet was met with some wild reactions. Some said that the Black Mamba should never be included in the GOAT debate. Some fully agreed with Kobe's take, while others chucked different names into the conversation.
But if we are to get into the meat of his tweet and not the hashtags, Kobe’s take can be classified as boring simply because he didn’t take sides. And when you don’t choose a side, there’s nothing to argue about. And when there’s nothing to argue about, TV ratings will plummet to their lowest.
Kobe’s take on the GOAT conversation is eerily similar to Jordan’s thoughts on the matter. Back then, Jordan was the only person in the conversation. There were no other players trying to boot him off his throne.
Jordan could’ve gladly accepted the tag and gone on with his life. But Black Jesus shared some introspective thoughts on who truly is the greatest basketball player of all time.
"When they start comparing, you know, who's the best of all time, I never can accept that role. There's a lot of old guys that influenced my game. If I didn't see those guys, there's no way my game would have evolved. I'm not here campaigning for the best player in the world or in history, I'm not saying that. Because everybody plays differently, in different eras," Jordan said.
Perhaps this is the reason why Jordan has kept a relatively low profile since retiring. MJ was aware that he was still the GOAT in many people’s eyes. But if you are to ask the Bulls legend himself, he’ll admit that he’s the best. However, you'll never hear him disrespect those who paved the way for him in the process.