During an appearance on "First Take" this morning, Isiah Thomas made his case for LeBron James being basketball's Greatest Of All Time.
"When I say he's the GOAT, here's what I mean. When you talk about he and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] in terms of their 20-year dominance over a sport, and then both of them being able to touch every single aspect of the statistical categories and be leaders in that category," Thomas said. "You can't be considered the GOAT and not lead in any statistical category."
Thomas said James is already a better all-around player than Abdul-Jabbar and once he passes the former Lakers big man on the all-time scoring list, he'll officially surpass Kareem as the GOAT. Notice, Michael Jordan's name was not mentioned.
Thomas and Jordan have beef going back more than three decades. The two can't stand each other, and while Thomas isn't the only person who thinks LeBron is the greatest basketball player of all-time, his refusal to even mention Jordan definitely seems personal.
Some NBA fans commenting on social media agree, though there are others who think he was spitting truth on ESPN today.
In the long run though, what does Thomas' opinion mean? Well, honestly not that much.
As great of a player as Thomas was in his day and as much basketball experience he can draw on to formulate his argument, his take isn't changing anyone's mind on MJ vs. LeBron. Sports fans have already made up their minds on that debate, whichever side they're on.