Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas has been a recurrent topic in the NBA in recent days. The 2x NBA champion has been the focus of the recent episodes of Michael Jordan's documentary 'The Last Dance'. The rivalry between Thomas, his 'Bad Boys' Pistons and Jordan and the Bulls is well-documented, but the docuseries gave us more details about what happened between the two squads.
This has relived the bad blood between the players and MJ and Thomas have taken any chance they have to trade jabs. Zeke recently raised the bar, when he said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the GOAT, placing Michael Jordan as 4th on the all-time list.
Now, Thomas has explained why he believes Kareem is the greatest player of all time, talking about all the accolades the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers legend did, not only as a pro, but before he made it to the NBA.
“My GOAT is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There is no person in the history of all sports, from grade to school to high school, to college, to the NBA that had a better basketball playing career than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And then when you take into account what he’d done in terms of social justice during that period of time, the stance he took outside off the playing field, those are big things in my mind in terms of what the GOAT was."
“When I look at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s six championships, six or seven MVPs, scored the most points than anybody in the NBA, lost one game in college, lost one game in high school and didn’t lose in grade school. To me that’s the GOAT,” Thomas said ‘Inside The Green Room’ podcast, via Talkbasket.
You can say he's salty or whatever you want, but Thomas is right with his words. Lew Alcindor demonstrated he was going to be great since he was young, and he didn't say anything different when he played in college and then in the NBA. Still, this won't change the fact that Michael Jordan is widely considered as the GOAT.