The GOAT debate in the NBA has really started to heat up over the last decade or so, with superstar forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers making a legitimate case to be the unanimous GOAT over Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
Even though it seems highly unlikely that James will match Jordan’s six NBA titles, that hasn’t stopped fans, pundits, and current players from making their case for the NBA’s new all-time leading scorer.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors believes there doesn’t have to be one GOAT, as he makes the case for multiple GOATs, but ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins, who believes James is the GOAT, believes there should only be one, as he said on NBA Today via NBA on ESPN.
.@KendrickPerkins isn't buying Steph's GOAT list 😅
"You only can have one GOAT. The Greatest Of All Time." pic.twitter.com/KUP8Usdrge
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 31, 2023
The fact of the matter is that this is a debate, and it will always be a debate with everyone having a different opinion, even if a lot of those opinions tilt in the direction of Jordan or James.
Curry was likely deflecting when asked this question due to the fact he’s still playing in the league today and will get a lot of criticism no matter which way he leans in this endless debate.
With James likely having a few more years left in him, only time will tell where he’ll end up in the GOAT debate in the minds of his peers and basketball fans.
It’ll be interesting to see where Curry leans once he’s retired, as he recently named his all-time starting five and didn’t include James but had Jordan and Kobe Bryant in his lineup, which is pretty telling.NEXT: Stephen Curry Names The Greatest NBA Shooter Of All-Time