You can debate all you want about who the greatest basketball player ever might be, but Denni Rodman is having none of it, especially when your answer includes someone who isn’t named Michael Jordan.
Last week, Joel Embiid was asked to chime in on the infamous G.O.A.T. debate, an argument most people would say is between Jordan or LeBron. The Sixers’ center surprised everyone when he picked Wilt Chamberlain instead, citing the legend’s record-breaking 100-point game as proof.
“To me, you got Wilt Chamberlain. He’s got all the records, and no one is ever gonna beat them. I don’t see anyone ever getting 100 points in a game. That’s it, he’s the G.O.A.T.”
There’s no debate — Wilt was talented. He put up numbers we can hardly dream about today. But does it mean he’s the greatest ever, especially considering the level of his competition back then? Dennis Rodman doesn’t think so and absolutely laid into Embiid for his comments.
“Joel Embiid, you’re doing a great job for your little island or country where you’re from,” Rodman snapped. “Shut the f**k up, go do your goddamn job and do Philly proud. That’s the 1 thing they need, a championship.”
That’s pretty harsh and maybe even disrespectful, not only to Embiid but to Wilt, who has earned at least consideration for the greatest player ever.
Nonetheless, it sounds like this is a touchy subject for Rodman, and many people are inclined to agree that nobody comes close to Jordan in that regard.
Leave it up to Rodman to stay loyal to the end.