Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is regarded by many as the greatest to ever play the game – or at least top two all-time.
Who does he consider the greatest ever, though?
Or at the very least, who does he put in his top three?
Although James hasn’t answered that question any time recently, he did do it once in 2013.
His picks were interesting, to say the least.
“Best three players of all-time? Michael Jordan. Wow. Michael Jordan. Wow, this is tough,” James told Bill Reiter of FOX Sports.
“Michael Jordan, Dr. J, Larry Bird.”
Given that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had already won their final championships by that point, it’s interesting that neither of them made the list. Neither did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell.
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A curious list, that’s for sure.
Then again, given how much trouble people have naming the NBA’s GOAT now – maybe James’ odd selections shouldn’t come as a surprise.
After all, Gary Payton has one opinion on who the greatest player of all time is. Hakeem Olajuwon has another. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a completely different one. Heck, even former President Donald Trump has his own take on the subject.
Picking all-time greats is a very subjective process. Couple that with how young James was in 2013, and suddenly it becomes much easier to understand why his list sounds as crazy as it does today.