LeBron James is arguably the most polarizing player in the NBA today. Some believe he is the greatest of all time, others think he isn’t even the best present-day star.
Because of how divisive all of the debates surrounding James are, many people have gotten very sensitive.
This past week, NBA legend Allen Iverson did an interview during which he described the top five modern day killers in the league.
Noticeably absent from the list?
On Tuesday, Skip Bayless appeared on Fox Sports’ Undisputed and questioned why Iverson didn’t include James on his list.
Allen Iverson leaves LeBron off his Top 5 Killers list:
“This was the ultimate diss. LeBron and Shannon should be offended. If this man is the GOAT and he’s still the best player on the planet, then he’s gotta belong on AI’s list.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/PlSd1F9Kgy
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 5, 2021
“This was the ultimate diss,” Bayless said. “LeBron and Shannon should be offended. If this man is the GOAT and he’s still the best player on the planet, then he’s gotta belong on AI’s list.”
Obviously people can draw their own conclusions, but Bayless’ larger point isn’t without merit. Given some of the other players Iverson included in his top five, it’s odd that James didn’t make the cut.
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That said, the Los Angeles Lakers star has plenty of operating space to prove the haters wrong this year. His team is stacked. He worked on his body in the offseason and turned into an absolute monster. And most importantly, the only team that poses a legitimate threat to LA at the moment is dealing with some season-threatening turmoil.
If James wins another championship in 2021-22, his legacy will be secure – no matter what Bayless, Iverson or anyone says about him.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.