Isiah Thomas: LeBron – greatest to ever play the game

Former NBA star Isiah Thomas has recently voiced his opinion on the LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate.

It seems however, that to Thomas, it is not just on-court accomplishments that count.

Following James’ powerful statement about race relations in America, Thomas proclaimed that the Cavs forward is the greatest ever, according to CBS Sports.

Thomas referred to the incident in which his Los Angeles home was vandalized with racist graffiti. Following the incident, James made a statement, saying: “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

Such actions, according to Isiah Thomas is what makes James stand out among other basketball greats.

“LeBron James has always used his platform and his voice to shine it on communities and on the powerless in our society,” Thomas said. “… In this moment right here, he has moved — in my opinion — into the greatest ever.”

“Why? Because what he’s done in the game and what he’s doing outside of the game. … What LeBron James just did today for this generation and generations to come, on this day, what he just stood for and what he just did socially with that press conference, he’s the greatest player to ever play the game.”

Thomas also mentioned athletes like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson, whose legacies include much more than what they were able to achieve playing their sports.

A Basketball Hall of Famer, Thomas has accomplished a lot in the NBA, becoming a 12-time NBA All-Star, and leading the Detroit Pistons team to 2 NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.

He played in 979 NBA games (971 started) – all for the Detroit Pistons, averaging double figures in scoring in all of his seasons in the NBA. He averaged double figures (scoring and assists) in 4 straight seasons.

Thomas averaged career high 22.9 ppg for the Pistons in 1982-1983. He also led the NBA with an average of 13.9 assists per game (also career high) in 1984-85. Thomas holds career averages of 19.2 ppg and 9.3 apg in 36.3 mpg.


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