LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA, remaining at the top for 17 straight seasons. The King is part of the Los Angeles Lakers now, trying to take the Purple and Gold to the glory once again.
After all the things he’s done in the league, many people put him in the GOAT conversation alongside the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant most of the time. However, according to Quentin Richardson, James doesn’t deserve to be compared with the two legends.
The former player talked about LeBron’s tendencies on the court and how far he is from being at a level Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are in his eyes. On Bounce, Yahoo Sports‘ dedicated talk show on the NBA, Quentin explained why he doesn’t think LeBron will ever be like two of the best players this game has seen.
“We know what Kobe would’ve did. We know what Michael would’ve did. That's why I won’t mention (LeBron) in the same breath.”
He specifically talked about LeBron and his lack of aggressivity during the clutch, saying he doesn’t have the right mentality to go hard and make the shot by himself in the paint. Further, he said Patrick Beverley managed to guard him the way he did because James is a hesitant finisher when it matters most.
When we see Bron’s numbers, we find that he’s one of the most productive players in the league, averaging 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 10.6 assists at 34 years old. Some say he’s more similar to Magic Jonhson instead of Michael Jordan or Kobe.
James is chasing another ring with the Lakers, so now he just needs to remain quiet and let his game do the talking for him. Many people think he’ll have a bigger case for the GOAT debate if he leads the Purple and Gold to the promised land.