Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Whether you love or hate his actions off the court, there is no denying his credentials on it.
One NBA championship, seven All-Star nods and an NBA All-Star Game MVP speak for themselves.
Because of how good Irving is, he is uniquely qualified to offer his assessment of other players and how they rank historically. And that is precisely what he did last week, when he confronted the often-contentious debate of who the NBA’s greatest player of all time (GOAT) is.
Irving’s commentary largely speaks for itself:
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“When I say (Kobe is) the greatest to play this game, it doesn’t mean I’m knocking anybody else. Alright? F*ck, let me finish my story, “he said.
“The greatest to play this game to me! I don’t give a f*ck what you talking about, I don’t care about your stats.”
Irving is certainly entitled to his opinion on the matter. While Michael Jordan and LeBron James often swallow up the debate, there is definitely room for Bryant in it as well.
There have been no shortage of hot takes on this.
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Obviously this is one of those debates that will never get settled. In the same way Irving sees Bryant as his GOAT, others feel that way about Jordan and James.
Nobody is wrong – and everyone’s opinion certainly has validity in some respect.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.