Dwayne Wade Says Michael Jordan Will Be Forgotten In Future GOAT Conversations Like Abdul Jabbar

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:hhh:What a retard, this is why i hate today's debates.


Sports fans love a good GOAT debate, pointless as it is. Different people have different criteria, and ultimately it usually comes down to the player with which you most closely identify.

If you grew up in the Michael Jordan era, he's your GOAT. You'll claim the game was tougher back then and Jordan would score 50 a game under today's rules.

If you're of a younger generation, LeBron James is probably your GOAT. You'll claim the athletes LeBron is playing against are better and he's more versatile and physically gifted.

But what about that dude that is, you know, the NBA's all-time leading scorer? That guy with six championships and six MVPs and one of the most iconic shots in history? What's his name again?


Oh, yeah. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

You don't hear his name much anymore in these debates, if at all.

Dwyane Wade doesn't think that's coincidental. Again, it's a generational thing. Fans who grew up watching Kareem dominate are no longer controlling the conversation. A lot of them aren't even alive anymore, if we're being honest. And the ones who are, their voices have been as fazed out as the very style of game that allowed for Kareem's dominance in the first place.

Wade believes that in time, Jordan's once seemingly unassailable GOAT status, to this generation, will not only take a similar fall, but ultimately become irrelevant in the minds of the next wave of fans.

"We're not gonna be the ones having a conversation about the GOATs," Wade said of his generation of basketball players and fans that grew up with Jordan on a recent episode of the "Armchair Expert" podcast with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. "Now it's going to be the younger, younger, younger generation. And they're gonna forget about Jordan like we forget about Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]."


Wade acknowledged that Jordan was the "the first icon in basketball" in terms of his global appeal and reach and fame even outside the game, which will make him difficult to supplant, but in the same breath he acknowledged how much better the players of today are than even when he played, let along when Jordan was in his prime.

"I watch players play today and, like, I thought I was good … [but] they're way better than me," Wade said. "...The game continues to keep moving forward, and so we're going to continue to see things we've never seen before. And the eyes are gonna get younger and younger."

Wade is absolutely right about this. Everything and everyone eventually moves forward. The GOAT debates are fun, but they ultimately come down to the athlete to whom you most closely identify. What makes the Jordan vs. LeBron debate so fun right now is there are still a lot of people from both generations having the conversation. That will faze out, and eventually there will be a lot more LeBron campers. And eventually, someone will make a new generation of kids forget about LeBron.

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Smh...

The problem with this nikkaz statement is that we can pretty much say Micheal Jordan is Mr NBA. He is basketball....

If it wasn't for obvious copyright issues, the NBA logo would be the Jumpman symbol.

There is no player better than Jordan so far...
Some were better rebounders, some better scorers etc...
But none were everything like him.

He considered an all time great Winner.

And I grew up a die hard knick fan....
 
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We will all remember that he let his son transform into his daughter tho. :hhh:

I hate pandering ass nikkas give a fukk about what the youth think in this regard.

Nobody can keep Jordan name out they mouths 20 years after he retired that shyt ain't changing plus he's a owner he is still very much involved with the game unlike Kareem who distanced himself from it.
 

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If he never had signature sneakers? Maybe

But his shoes and his brand will always keep him in any conversation


Nah it was the way he played in his early days that made people pay attention. His high flying acrobatics and the way he changed the game with his style that people took notice of. Dwayne Wade is smoking crack to even say what he said.

 
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