Nowadays, the GOAT discussion has become a two-player race between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Instead of appreciating the greatness of both, the fans have the urge to pick the better one. But are there more names? Shaq seems to think so.
I find it quite disrespectful that they don’t bring Kobe’s name up. That kind of pisses me off how they just skip over him and say, ‘LeBron.’ I don’t understand that. Because I was there with him, and he was a bad motherf*cker, too.Shaquille O’Neal, via Bleacher Report
They won 3 championships together and were the first dynasty of the new century. Although their years together ended in a beef between the two, over the years, Shaq and Kobe were able to bury the hatchet and often showed respect for each other.
Shaquille O’Neal also reflected on the question: “Why does the GOAT always have to be a guard? A lot of people can’t answer that question.”
Before Jordan and LeBron came up in these conversations, the GOAT discussion was between Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sometimes. All of the three being big men. But today, they are never mentioned as the conversation completely switched and now favors guards and forwards like Jordan and LeBron.
Although Shaq is known for thinking highly of himself up, he didn’t put his name in the conversation but ultimately claimed Michael Jordan is the GOAT, as the big man needs to receive more attention and respect.