In the NBA GOAT debate, there are a lot of opinions, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently gave a hilarious answer to the question.
When people talk about the GOAT, the three players consistently at or near the top are Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan. Accordingly, the three of them are usually compared.
Since James is the only active member of the three, he can still chase the records of Abdul-Jabbar and Jordan.
On “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the GOAT talk and James’ pursuit of his all-time record:
“I’ll answer. The GOAT committee meets in secret, okay? So…it’s just something we won’t know about, you know? But if LeBron breaks my record next year, it’ll be a last record I’ll never have to worry about again.”
The committee’s “secret meetings” mean that Abdul-Jabbar will keep his answer secret. Fallon thinks Abdul-Jabbar is the GOAT, but the “committee” of course won’t answer.
Although the GOAT Committee may not reveal the answer to the question, a player is pushing for it.
Abdul-Jabbar acknowledges that James is coming for his scoring record and trying to elevate himself to the definitive GOAT. If James breaks Abdul-Jabbar’s record, it will probably be one of the defining moments of next season. James has 37,062 points, while Abdul-Jabbar retired with 38,387.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s position in the GOAT debate
With the completion of the NBA Finals, the subject of the NBA’s greatest player is back in the spotlight. Although each GOAT list is subjective, six players have elite resumes for the list. They are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Stephen Curry.
Three names on this list are considered the top tier, and the other three are at the top of this list. Still, some believe there is a gap between the top three and the rest of the list.
For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his legacy as one of the greatest of all time continues to be somewhat lost in time. Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 before Michael Jordan won his first championship (in 1991).
Jordan retired before the start of LeBron James’ career (in 2003). With basketball having changed drastically over the years since Abdul-Jabbar’s retirement, his records continue to plummet.
James will likely claim Abdul-Jabbar’s goalscoring record next season, which puts him ahead in almost every category. Whether or not that puts James ahead of Abdul-Jabbar from a “GOAT committee” perspective is something up for debate.
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