Michael Jordan, LeBron James comparisons irk Clyde Drexler
With nothing much else to talk about as the entire sports world remains in stasis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NBA fans and pundits have ramped up the “GOAT” debate revolving around Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
However, one former player who had his fair share of success during his career, believes that the conversation being limited to only LeBron and Jordan is a mistake. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a household name during his storied career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, and he thinks other players deserve to be in the “GOAT” conversation.
“I really have a problem with that. Because out of all the guys that played the game, you’re only having a conversation with these two guys as the GOAT,” Drexler said in an interview on The A-Team, a Houston-area sports podcast.
“When you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players who ever lived, I think you should start with those two. You got guys like Larry Bird, Dr. J, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West all of those guys are in the conversation. I love both Michael and LeBron but let’s not take something away from the other guys who played.”
Certainly, all of those players deserve credit and could likely be discussed as the greatest players of their generation, but there’s something special about James and Michael Jordan that has seemed to capture the imagination of sports fans around the world.
Drexler himself was no slouch, with 10 All-Star selections, 5 All-NBA selections, and a championship under his belt over the course of a 15-year career.