Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone is one of the greatest NBA players ever.
Although a championship ultimately eluded him, his impact on the game and place in the sport’s lore is beyond reproach.
Because of that, Malone is uniquely qualified to speak on players both past and present.
In an interview from a while ago that went viral once again this week, Malone revealed who he believed to be the most talented NBA player of all time.
“I think LeBron James is the most talented player that I’ve ever seen,” Malone said.
“And the reason being, sometimes you hear people make a statement, but they don’t back it up with nothing and let me explain it to you. LeBron James is about 6’8″, a little bit more 6’8″, about 265, 275 pounds, and I would say to do the things he do, we will never see it again. All of those haters out there, sit back and enjoy.”
It’s hard to argue with Malone’s assessment. And it’s worth remembering that he doesn’t give compliments out easy.
His brutal comments about Zion Williamson continue to linger in people’s minds.
Ditto for what he said about who’d he prefer on his team between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
The man pulls no punches.
So if he’s riding this hard for James, you know he means it.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 11, 2022
Ultimately everyone will have their own idea about who the most talented player ever in the NBA was and is. It’s like the GOAT debate, there’s no official right answer.
That said, it’s worth remembering that at some point in the near future James will retire – so it’s good not to take him for granted while he is still putting on shows on a nightly basis.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.