Steve Nash joined Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their ‘The Smoke Podcast‘, where he talked about multiple things about the NBA and his illustrious career. After spending almost two decades in the league, Nash played against numerous Hall of Fame players throughout his career and got a lot of great stories to tell. That is why Jackson and Barnes asked him to describe LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan and who is a better player out of these three NBA legends.

When Nash joined the NBA in 1996, Michael Jordan just won his fourth NBA championship and was on the peak of his fame at that time. Nash idolized Jordan growing up, so Jordan comes first in his mind when talking about the GOAT of the NBA. Nash had quite a few battles with Kobe during his career, who often eliminated him from the playoffs, and remembers how fierce of a player Kobe was in his prime.

“I think MJ is my guy for sure. When you talk about LeBron and Kobe, I totally understand why people have LeBron where it is, first or second in many people’s eyes. When you look at the whole picture of everything LeBron has done over the course of his career, it’s hard to argue with. I think at his best, Kobe right up with any of them. I don’t know where the knock is but when he was flying and playing at his best, he was as good as we’ve ever seen.”

Steve Nash, via All The Smoke

Even though Nash acknowledges all the players and thinks it’s hard to rank them, he would go with Jordan first and then LeBron over Bryant. He realizes how hard that question is because it’s impossible to measure player’s greatness, and at the end of the day, these choices all depend on personal preferences on which playing style you like more.

“You probably would have me saying Jordan, LeBron, Kobe on the total picture, but how do you go wrong. At their best, all three of them have played the game at a level higher than anyone else in the world.”

Steve Nash, via All The Smoke