“He never will be greater than MJ,” Stephen A. Smith downplays LeBron James’ greatness by shutting down the GOAT debate with Michael Jordan

Stephen A Smith harshly puts an end to the GOAT debate choosing Michael Jordan over LeBron James.

“He never will be greater than MJ,” Stephen A. Smith downplays LeBron James’ greatness by shutting down the GOAT debate with Michael Jordan

Stephen A Smith and LeBron James

LeBron James is close to breaking the NBA’s all-time scoring record, so the debate over who is the greatest of all time has gained fire. Although some of his supporters appear content to acknowledge his excellence, others have persisted in adding gasoline to the fire when it comes to the GOAT controversy. LeBron James in his 20th season in the NBA has achieved far more than any other player ever will. When he retires he will leave behind a legacy that no player ever may be able to conquer.

However, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN believes Michael Jordan is still the GOAT irrespective of whatever James may achieve. According to Smith, winning the title of the greatest scorer is not enough. The achievement, in his opinion, is insufficient for James to supplant Jordan as the GOAT. On First Take, he defended Michael Jordan’s title as the best basketball player of all time.

Speaking on the matter he said, “LeBron James is on the Mount Rushmore of basketball. One of the greatest players to have ever played the game. No doubt about it, he has exceeded expectations, and I have nothing but respect, profound respect, for the greatness of LeBron James. But … he never was, he never has been, nor will he ever be greater than Michael Jordan.”

He further added, “It’s not even a debate for me. … The only reason I discuss it is because people occasionally ask, and I always get annoyed at the question because I’m appalled that anybody would think I’m going to change my mind based on what I saw. There’s nothing to discuss here.”

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Stephen Smith believes LeBron James’ career should be celebrated

LeBron James
LeBron James

LeBron James’ accomplishments should be honored, in Stephen A. Smith’s opinion, by the NBA community. While He confessed to participating in the GOAT discussion, he made it clear that as James gets closer to the scoring record, the focus shouldn’t be on who is better.

He said, “This is a time we should be celebrating the Herculean efforts, the greatness, the commitment to excellence, the superb play, the statesmanship, the ambassadorship, of all things that are LeBron James. This dude is something special. I will miss him when he is gone. The game should miss him when he is gone. He is nothing short of phenomenal.”

Naturally, many detractors believe that LeBron still needs more championships if he wants his legacy to be comparable to Michael Jordan’s. This year, that hope is rapidly disappearing as the LA Lakers struggle to convert outstanding individual performances into victories. As for James, only 63 points stand between him and the all-time scoring record.

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