Chicago Bulls: Jeremy Lin still wrong about LeBron being the GOAT

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LeBron James Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Former standout NBA point guard Jeremy Lin seems to be hinting at LeBron James getting a top slot in the GOAT debate instead of one Chicago Bulls legend.

It will be a debate that we get tired of hearing about in the near future. The GOAT debate between the Los Angeles Lakers now four-time NBA Champion and superstar forward LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls legendary shooting guard Michael Jordan will rage on now that the offseason has officially arrived. After LeBron and the top-seeded (out of the Western Conference) Lakers knocked off the five-seed Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals on Oct. 11, by the final score of 106-93 in a dominant Game 6 effort, the GOAT debate came to the forefront again.

And one former NBA point guard, of teams like the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin gave his thoughts on this debate in a brief but notable post on his Twitter timeline on Oct. 11 after the Lakers knocked off the Heat to win the NBA Championship in the bubble. He tweeted after LeBron and the Lakers won this title “soooo where does LeBron rank now all-time?”.

It is impressive how easily LeBron and his superstar teammate Anthony Davis worked through their competition in the West and then through the upstart Heat in the NBA Finals. But the GOAT debate is still something that doesn’t feel quite right.

LeBron is now a four-time NBA Champion, four-time Finals MVP, 16-time All-Star selection, and four-time NBA MVP. Meanwhile, Jordan was a six-time NBA Champion, six-time Finals MVP, 14-time All-Star selection, and five-time NBA MVP.

The Lakers superstar played in 20 games during the 2020 playoff run with the Lakers. He averaged 27.6 points per game, 10.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks. And he shot an impressive 55.5 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Lin himself got an NBA Championship, the first of his career, playing alongside superstar forward Kawhi Leonard with the Toronto Raptors last year. He registered 7.2 points per game, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks, in 25 career playoffs games played.

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Jordan still deserves the top slot in the GOAT debate. It would take a lot more than LeBron getting his fourth title this year to get himself to top Jordan in this debate. We’ll see how he’s able to make a run with the Lakers out West next year.