For many of us, the greatest of all time or G.O.A.T. of NBA players is Michael Jordan, for others LeBron James, and for fans of the Boston Celtics, it’s often Bill Russell or Larry Bird while Los Angeles Lakers fans tend to favor Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, or Magic Johnson. Can all of these people be right?
The answer revolves around a classic and never-ending barbershop debate in the NBA community: whether there can be multiple players considered the G.O.A.T., or if there can only be one undisputed G.O.A.T. to rule over the rest of an admittedly impressive list of Hall of Famers.
The debate showcases the passion that basketball fans have for this age-old controversy, one that isn’t likely to get settled soon.
On a recent episode of the ESPN “NBA Today” show, the hosts dive into the debate for themselves and make their respective cases. Check it out in the video embedded above.
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