Shaquille O’Neal explains how LeBron James can become the GOAT over Michael Jordan
Even as he turns 36, LeBron James has shown no signs of slowing down as he plays in his 18th season in the NBA. James is looking to give the Los Angeles Lakers back to back titles this season, which could potentially give him five championships and Finals MVPs, just one behind Michael Jordan.
While winning another ring will inevitably bring back debates about whether James or Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time, former player and current analyst Shaquille O’Neal believes that The King is close to surpassing His Airness in people’s minds, and only needs a couple of more championships to do it.
“I think LeBron James is looking to tie Kobe and tie Jordan with championships,”O’Neal said in an appearance on the All Things Covered podcast on CBS Sports. “If he tied Mike, I think people will probably lean a little bit more towards LeBron being the best player in the world.”
Aside from surpassing Jordan, O’Neal, a four-time champion with the Lakers and Miami Heat, said that James could also go after another longstanding record: finishing on top of the all-time scoring list.
“He already passed Kobe and Jordan in points … he’s gonna be creeping on Kareem [Abdul Jabbar] too. I think he’s looking to pass Kareem,” the 2000 MVP added.
Despite being in his 18th season, LeBron James appears primed to compete for more titles in Los Angeles together with All Star big man Anthony Davis.
The 48-year old O’Neal seems to believe that MJ currently still has the edge over James in the GOAT debate, but admits that winning a sixth title and climbing on top of the all-time scoring list could change his opinion on the matter.