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Kevin McHale says LeBron disrespects Bill Russell, Larry Bird and other greats when he calls himself the 'GOAT'

Alex Reimer
January 03, 2019 - 2:58 pm

LeBron James’ decision to call himself the "GOAT" –– that’s Greatest of All-Time for those who are blissfully unaware of such fun acronyms –– did not sit well with Celtics legend Kevin McHale. 

In a recent interview with NBA TV, McHale said LeBron’s proclamation doesn’t show enough respect for the greats who came before him. “We all sit at this table all the time and sing his praises, I think LeBron is a great player. I just think that’s disrespectful honestly to Bill Russell,” McHale said. ““Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan. Two of my good –– Larry (Bird) and Magic (Johnson), just led teams and turned the league around. You don’t need to say that about yourself. Let other people say that for you. I mean I was kind of surprised because I’d read about it, but that’s the first time I’d actually heard him say it, ‘Made me the GOAT.’ I’m like, damn.”

LeBron called himself the GOAT on ESPN’s “More Than An Athlete” series. He said he gives himself the honor over Michael Jordan, because he led home state team, the Cavaliers, to Cleveland’s first championship in decades. 

No word on whether spurning his beloved home state team twice in free agency negatively impacts LeBron’s self-proclaimed rating.

Jordan, by the way, says he doesn’t like being referred to as the "GOAT." That guy is good at the PR game. 


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