As one of the best players on the planet, LeBron James is still making his case for being the GOAT. As a 3x Champion, 16x All-Star, 4x MVP, and 15x All-NBA player, Bron certainly has a resume worthy of All-Time recognition.
But to most, he’ll always be behind the great Michael Jordan, who many consider to be the impassible benchmark or greatness.
So what will it take to put LeBron James in that same air? According to Jordan’s former teammate, Scottie Pippen, the conversation reopens if Bron can lead the Lakers to a title this year.
Rachel Nichols: Scottie, do you agree with that, that the conversation reopens if he wins with the Lakers?
Pippen: Oh for sure. I mean, LeBron James will always be at the top of that conversation and that conversation will always be brought up as “who’s the greatest?” You know you got Michael, LeBron, you got to throw Kobe in there. Kareem.
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As someone who played with Jordan, Pippen has experienced his greatness on the court first-hand. If he, out of everyone, is willing to admit that Bron is close, why should anyone deny it?
Jordan has made 14 All-Star appearances, has won 5 MVPs, and is a 10x Scoring Champ. LeBron is certainly behind him in a lot of things. But there are also some things being done that not even Jordan was able to pull off.
What James is doing this year is truly unprecedented. At 35-years-old, he is dominating the league and leading his time like a guy who is still on the right side of 30. If he helps the Lakers earn a Chip this season, it will only cap off what we’ve been seeing from him all season long.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t be willing to re-open the GOAT conversation after that.