So I’m listening to one of my favourite sports talk show hosts on the way in to work early this morning, as I usually do.
The host is taking calls from across the U.S.
And this old man calls in, I’ve heard him call before, and starts ripping on LeBron James, calling him a high school player.
The caller says players who come out of high school aren’t mature and don’t play the game at a high level.
He went on to say that James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are not among the greatest players in NBA history, because there are too many teams in the league right now and the NBA is watered down.
It was very humorous.
King James became just the 5th player in NBA history to score at least 10 points in 500 consecutive games last night, when he poured in 35 against Toronto.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Moses Malone are the only others to do it.
Whenever sports fans talk about the best players of all-time, comparing James to Jordan, or Kobe to Kareem, it’s impossible to do.
Do I think today’s stars would be stars in any other generation?
Yes, I do.
Because their talent, and even more importantly, their desire to be the best is what sets them apart.