The biggest NBA debate to be had is who the greatest player of all time is. Usually, the debate is among Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson.
Former NBA player Dwyane Wade and his son Zaire Wade spend time on the court after the game between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Las Vegas Aces at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
“These GOATs, these names that we throw out, it’s not gonna just be a lot of those players. But the game continues to keep moving forward. And so we are gonna continue to see things that we have never seen before. And the eyes are gonna get younger and younger,” Wade said on Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert.”
“We are not going to have a conversation about the GOATs. Now it’s going to be the younger, younger, younger generation. And they’re gonna forget about Jordan like we forget about Kareem.”
Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on Nov. 6, 1996 at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. (Ronald C. Modra/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wade did acknowledge the major difference between Jordan and everyone else. He called Jordan the “first icon in basketball” due to his global appeal and the emergence of the Jordan Brand.
Wade is a legend in his own right.
Kobe Bryant talks with Michael Jordan during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game at the Phillips Arena on Feb. 9, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
He was a 13-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion. He helped Miami to its first NBA title even before the Big 3 with James and Chris Bosh was formed. He finished his career with 23,165 points, which is currently good for 35th on the all-time.