Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to Michael Jordan being named college basketball ‘GOAT’
After garnering fan votes on social media, former University of North Carolina player Michael Jordan was hailed as the best collegian in all of basketball, besting Indiana State’s Larry Bird.
And the winner of the college basketball GOAT bracket is … Michael Jordan 🐐
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 1, 2020
Abdul-Jabbar expressed his disdain for the results with a one-word dig on Thursday.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) April 2, 2020
Before winning six titles in the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar had a historic run with the UCLA Bruins. Kareem, who went by his real name Lew Alcindor at the time, was part of arguably the greatest dynasty in college basketball. Michael Jordan could not match that.
Alcindor led UCLA to three NCAA Tournament titles and was awarded the Final Four Most Outstanding Player thrice. He also won the national player of the year honors three times and was a three-time consensus All-American. Jordan made one Final Four in three seasons at North Carolina.
Those accolades for Kareem did not seem to matter for those who participated in the online poll, as Abdul-Jabbar did not even make the Final Four of SportCenter’s bracket. Michael Jordan won, revealing a disconnect between the best pro player ever and the best college player ever. Voters got mixed up.
The now 72-year-old Abdul-Jabbar was seeded number one in the initial list, alongside Duke’s Christian Laettner, fellow UCLA alum Bill Walton, and Breanna Stewart of UConn.
However, Kareem was bested by the ninth seed Shaquille O’Neal of LSU. It is worth noting that Michael Jordan was initially placed as the two-seed, while Bird was the third seed. Abdul-Jabbar’s Los Angeles Lakers teammate Magic Johnson, who played for Michigan State, was also a 3-seed.
Michael Jordan, meanwhile, is widely considered the greatest NBA player of all time, which likely made him a popular choice among the voters. But as far as collegiate careers are concerned, the are several players who excelled more in college than his Airness did.