Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remains recognized as one of the league’s greatest talents. Abdul-Jabbar‘s dominance on the NBA hardwood firmly entrenched him in the GOAT discussion. However, the former Los Angeles Lakers great recently aired a potential solution to resolving the GOAT debate.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s illustrious NBA career
Before Abdul-Jabbar entered the NBA, he dominated the collegiate ranks, earning three NCAA titles and three National College Player of the Year awards.
He followed that success with a dominant NBA career where he won six NBA titles and six regular-season MVP awards, along with receiving an NBA-record 19 All-Star Game selections and 10 All-NBA First Team nods. He also finished as the league’s all-time leading scorer.
All that placed Abdul-Jabbar placed him firmly in the GOAT discussion, to which he believes he holds a solution to end that debate altogether.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reveals a creative solution to resolving the GOAT debate
Over the last few decades, Abdul-Jabbar has remained firmly entrenched in the GOAT discussion.
The conversation often features many putting Michael Jordan atop the list while others place the former Lakers great, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell. It’s become a never-ending dialogue with no clear-cut player holding the mantel.
During a recent interview with Marc Stein of The New York Times, Abdul-Jabbar floated a potential solution to ending the uncertainty.
“GOAT discussions are fun, like debating who’s faster: Superman or the Flash. It’s a metaphysical mystery,” Abdul Jabbar said. ” The question can never be answered because players from the past were trained under different restrictions and played under different rules.
“Then you have to ask what to give more weight to: Scoring, defense, assists? All of them? But the stats don’t always reveal the particular conditions and challenges of each season. Way too many variables. How about we just discuss the O’GOAT (One of the Greatest of All-Time)?”
Abdul-Jabbar’s suggestion allows several players such as himself, Jordan, Chamberlain, Russell, and James to receive strong collective GOAT recognition. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer has never declared himself the greatest player, but his resume certainly speaks for itself.
However, it may be extremely difficult to ever reach the point where the GOAT conversation is put aside for alternative means of settling the debate.
GOAT debate will forever remain unresolved
As much as Abdul-Jabbar‘s suggestion would crush the heated GOAT debates, it’s a conversation that will always lead to single out one player to hold that prestigious mantel.
Many peg Jordan as the greatest NBA player, but even he has his reservations about having that title bestowed upon him.
“I don’t want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West — you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against,” Jordan said via CBS Sports. “What everybody is saying I am, I never had the chance to compete against other legends that was prior to me. When I hear it, I cringe a little bit because it’s a little bit embarrassing because no one knows.
“I never had the chance to, once again, to play against those guys. I would love to have played against them but I never did. And for you to say that I’m better than him … I mean it’s your opinion; it’s their opinion. I accept that as their opinion. If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan.”
There may never be a clear-cut answer due to many of the all-time greats playing in different eras. Nonetheless, the debate will continue to rage on for years to come.