Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade is objectively one of the five greatest shooting guards of all time. As such, he is uniquely qualified to address the historical placement of players both past and present.
This week, Wade appeared on the I AM ATHLETE podcast and offered his thoughts on a sensitive topic.
That topic: who is the GOAT between Michael Jordan and LeBron James?
Given his close relationship with James and known reverence for Jordan, Wade was counted on as an unbiased source.
‘Flash’ didn’t disappoint.
“LeBron is one of my good friends, I have so much respect for what he’s doing now, what he’s done, and what he will eventually do,” he said.
“… It will definitely be an argument that needs to be had. If LeBron ends up the number scorer of all-time, top five in assists and top five rebounds, with four, five, or six championships, you cannot do nothing but have the conversation of who is the GOAT.”
All that being said, Wade could still acknowledge the current GOAT.
“I come from the Jordan era, so I’m biased,” he said.
“Michael Jordan will always be my GOAT… I played basketball because of Michael Jordan… All of us have our own individual opinions… LeBron is going to be the GOAT for a lot of generations… [Jordan] will be my GOAT… I made it out of the hood because I’ve seen a dude, number 23 play the game of basketball at a level where I was like I want to do some of that.”
That answers that. https://t.co/giybknFbu8
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 22, 2021
Fun hoops debate aside, Wade also spent a portion of his interview delving into a fairly serious topic: the hate his trans child received from a very popular rapper.
For obvious reasons, Wade’s response to said rapper immediately went viral.
Over the past few years, ever since his retirement, Wade has developed a reputation for being one of the most thoughtful and well-spoken ex-players around.
Based on how he conducted himself on this particular podcast, it’s easy to see why.