The great Jerry West had this to say about “the great debate.” Thoughts?
Reuters: LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, surpassing veteran Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, 14-times All-Star guard Jerry West said Monday.
West, a shrewd judge of talent who brought Bryant to the Lakers when he was their general manager, said the Cleveland forward could become the league’s next Michael Jordan.
“I look at Cleveland say to myself, ‘How many games could they win without LeBron James?’ West told Reuters in an interview. “That’s how great he is.
“He has a chance to be arguably the greatest player ever to play the game.”
West, the NBA’s executive of the year with the Lakers in 1995 and the Memphis Grizzlies in 2004, said playing both ends of the floor was what made Jordan so great.
“Michael Jordan was the best defensive player in the league but he was also the best offensive player,” said West. “It wasn’t a one-year fluke, he proved it over time.
“LeBron James will do the same type of things because he’s getting better. He’s a much more effective shooter. When’s he’s making his shots from the outside, you can’t play him.
“He’s just too big, too strong, too quick. And he has incredible body control. But more than that, he’s a great team mate. You can see his team mates love him.”