San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson has launched a scathing attack against ESPN for ranking LeBron James as the third greatest player in its all-time list released earlier this week.
ESPN has ranked Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain (in that order) as the top-5 greatest players in NBA history.
“LeBron has been ranked way too high,” opined Robinson, who was ranked 20th in the controversial list. “Way too high. How many championships does he have? Two championships and four loses (in the finals)? He’s a transcendent player. But he’s still building his resume,” added Robinson, in an interview with First Take (Watch Above).
Disrespectful to legends
Robinson said LeBron’s rankings was disrespectful to other legends of the sport. “Give the guy some time. Right now, how do you put him ahead of some of these guys (such as Magic, Wilt and Bird)? To me, it’s mind-boggling. These guys have changed the stage to allow these young guys (such as LeBron) to be who they are today. So I’d just give him a little more time to simmer,” said Robinson.
Many others have criticized the list for recency bias. The classic example is ranking Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. “How do you put Steph Curry in the top-50? Already? I am not buying this,” said Robinson, who won two championships, one MVP award and a Defensive Player of the Year award during the course of his career.
Analyst Skip Bayless echoed Robinson’s sentiments. “I have him (Lebron) 10th on my list. And I have Kobe 9th. Lebron is 2-4 in the NBA Finals and could have easily been 1-5 if not for Ray Allen’s clutch three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals. I can’t erase the four losses.”
If LeBron loses in the finals in June for the fifth time, should ESPN be forced to re-visit the list?