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No player in the history of the National Basketball Association has scored more points in their career than LeBron James has. On Tuesday night, during a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron needed 36 points to pass NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league's all-time scoring leader. James ended up scoring 38 points, and after doing so, he was asked about what passing Kareem does for his case as being the NBA's GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
LeBron James reveals who he believes is the GOAT
LeBron James was asked what passing Kareem's record does for his case as being the NBA's GOAT, and though he said he felt “humbled” after hitting the record-breaking shot, he was not humble at all when revealing who he believes is the greatest NBA player of all-time.
“For me, I think it's great barbershop talk,” James said when asked what this record does for his case as the GOAT. “It's going to happen forever and ever. If I was the GM or whatever the case may be of a franchise I was starting up and I had the No. 1 pick, I would take me.
“But that's just me because I believe in myself, what I bring to the table, a guy that's been able to transform his game over the course of 20 years, be able to play any position in this league, excel at any position. I can play 1 through 5. I've led the league in assists. I've been able to do whatever it is this game has wanted me to do and also transform my game as well.”
“Just being able to stay with the curve and changing my game if I needed to and improve my game. That don't take away from nobody else,” he continued. “So many great players that have played this game, that has lasting long legacies in this game, this NBA is a beautiful thing and there's some beautiful players that play it, but I can't take nobody over me.”
Bottom Line when it comes to the NBA's GOAT
When it comes down to it, the NBA's GOAT discussion almost always comes down to LeBron James and the great Michael Jordan. In that argument, it seems like there are LeBron supporters and Jordan supporters, and no matter what happens, they will always back “their guy” in the GOAT debate. Personally, if I was building an all-time roster, it all begins with Jordan, because there has never been a player in the league who was more competitive and willing to do whatever it takes to win. LeBron James is the more-talented player when it comes to passing and rebounding (because of his size), but he lacks the killer instinct that Jordan had. What do you think?