Did the great (arguably the greatest) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar just discuss the topic of “greatest player of all-time” without mentioning Michael Jordan? Did he really dance around the question and bring up Larry Bird, The Big O and Wilt and not mention his Airness? Yes he did and that shouldn’t surprise anybody familiar with Kareem, the way he answers questions, his history with MJ and his fondness for Oscar Robertson.
A year ago the Laker legend generated some buzz when he told the NPR, “You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. (Michael Jordan) took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it.”
A few years earlier on an episode of First Take, Kareem was asked by Skip Bayless if he could beat Jordan in a game of one-on-one, he danced around that question and said Oscar Robertson would beat all of us.
Maybe the Sky Hook master is just a little bitter about this dunk attempt from a young Jordan.
I’m obviously kidding. And speaking of jokes and the two GOATs, Kareem had a great joke at last year’s Democratic National Convention when he introduced himself as Michael Jordan then said, “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”