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A timeless tradition among sports fans is arguing over who is the greatest of all time — also known as the G.O.A.T. — for their respective sport.
In basketball, it has been debated for generations.
The topic came up on a recent Armchair Expert podcast that featured Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade. A guest on the show with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, the G.O.A.T. talk came up.
“The eyes are gonna get younger and younger,” Wade said on the show. “We’re not gonna be the ones having a conversation about the GOATs. Now it’s going to be the younger, younger, younger generation. And they’re gonna forget about [Michael] Jordan like we forget about Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar].”
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s career scoring leader, with LeBron James (ranked No. 3) as the closest active player to breaking the mark. He’s also a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player and won six NBA championships.
Wade later said Jordan, who won six NBA titles, six NBA Finals MVPs and five NBA MVPs, was the first icon of the sport — someone who transcended basketball.
“That’s why it’s hard anyone to jump over the Jumpman, because of the iconicness of being the first,” Wade, who grew up in Chicago, said. “At the end of the day, he was the first. Jordan’s global before anyone knew anything of global.”