Michael Jordan explains why he should not be named the GOAT: "I didn't play against all the great players prior to me"

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the best basketball player of all time. After all, Michael Jordan transcended the sport and emerged as its most popular athlete.

Michael went 6-0 in the NBA Finals, winning six Finals MVP honors in addition to five NBA MVPs, ten scoring crowns, and fourteen All-Star appearances. However, Jordan does not consider himself to be the greatest of all time. 

"False," Michael replied when the late Georgetown head coach John Thompson claimed he was the greatest ever. "Cuz I didn't play against, you know, all the great players prior to me, and those were the players that influence my game."

"Don't get me wrong; it's a fantastic honor. But I'd love to have played against Jerry West to see if I was a better guard than him or Oscar Robertson, but we'll never know," Jordan said.

MJ cringes when he is named the GOAT. Mike's point of view differs from that of his teammates and NBA experts, who have little issue selecting only one NBA star as their basketball all-time great.

During an interview with ESPN's Michael Wilbon in 2009, Jordan reaffirmed his position. "His Airness" even stated that he cringes when people refer to him as the greatest of all time.

"I don't want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West — you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against," Jordan was quoted as saying. 

"Despite what everyone says about me, I never got the opportunity to fight against other legends who came before me. When I hear it, I squirm a little because it's kind of uncomfortable since no one knows," the Hall of Famer said.

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