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Richard Jefferson Calls LeBron James And Steph Curry Old, Says They're No Longer At The Top Of The League: "Neither Of Those F**kers Are The Best. There Are Guys Far Better Than Them."

Richard Jefferson Calls LeBron James And Steph Curry Old, Says They're No Longer At The Top Of The League: "Neither Of Those F**kers Are The Best. There Are Guys Far Better Than Them."

The NBA is so stacked with talent this season that many have suggested that this is the most depth the league has enjoyed on that front in history. The MVP race is incredibly tight, with Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid all making extremely strong cases for the award. And in bursts through the season, established and older superstars like LeBron James and Steph Curry have also made their case for the award. 

Many still claim that LeBron James and Steph Curry are the best players in the world, and while they are surely still incredible, younger stars have arguably surpassed them in the last season or 2. And Richard Jefferson was the one to point that out in a Q&A with GQ, putting it in his now trademark blunt but humorous manner. 

(question and answer at 2:05)

Question: "Who’s best in the NBA right now, LeBron or Steph?"

Richard Jefferson: "Neither of those f**kers are the best. There are guys that are far better than both of them. Maybe not ‘far’, but you would go Giannis, Jokic, and Embiid. It all depends on the season."

Question: "Who’s a better player right now?"

Richard Jefferson: "Well, look, LeBron James is still a force, but he’s been bawling, and his team keeps losing. So, these guys are old. These guys are dated. These guys are so like five years ago."

Giannis is a two-time MVP, a DPOY, a Finals MVP, and champion over the 3 seasons before this one. Nikola Jokic was the MVP last season looks like he could repeat. Embiid is arguably the unluckiest and has made his own strong claim to a number of awards as well. 

While Jefferson's comments may have been a little frivolous, there can be no denying that there are stars in their prime now that are better than LeBron James and Steph Curry, no matter how good the latter two are. Of course, they can still prove us wrong in the coming seasons, but we'll just have to wait and watch.