Michael Jordan’s Take On The GOAT Debate: “It’s For Selling Stories. It’s Unfair!”

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Michael Jordan’s Take On The GOAT Debate: “It’s For Selling Stories. It’s Unfair!”


While Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler shared one of the biggest rivalries in the NBA, and didn’t see eye to eye very often, there seems to be one topic the two star shooting guards seem to agree upon.

When asked for his take on the GOAT debate, Drexler always says that he isn’t a fan of comparing eras, a statement that seems to mirror Michael Jordan’s opinion on the never-ending debate.

During an interview with Cigar Aficionado’s Marvin R. Shanken, Jordan was asked about the greatest of all-time in golf. His answer though was not solely focused on golf, but basketball and every other sport, as well. While he is considered as the GOAT by most fans, Jordan himself revealed that he thinks one shouldn’t compare eras.


“First of all, you’re never going to say ‘who’s the greatest of all-time’ – I think that’s more for PR, and more for selling stories and getting hype…

I never played against Wilt Chamberlain, I never played against Jerry West… to now say that one’s greater than the other, is being a little bit unfair. I think when you can see the similarities and you understand, this is one way you can judge the two. How much impact did each change, or evolve the game…

I won six championships. Bill Russell won 11! Does that make Russell better than me? Or make me better than him? No! ‘Cause we played in different eras. So when you try to equate who’s the greatest of all-time, it’s an unfair parallel. It’s an unfair choice.” 



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