The debate on “who’s better” in basketball will probably go on forever. If basketball ever ceases to exist, the question will probably change to “who was better”. Still, this is an endless topic of discussion for fans, analysts and experts.
Hakeem Olajuwon, arguably the greatest center in NBA history, was asked by CNBC about LeBron James and how the he ranks up among the other greats.
Olajuwon admitted that James is a great player and does rank among the greatest of all time, but he cannot be compared to Jordan. He said players should be compared by position they play on the court, adding that comparing James to Jordan isn’t fair.
“Jordan was a far more superior player in a very tough league, he was very creative.” Olajuwon said.
“That’s not taking away anything from LeBron because he is a great player, but it is not a fair comparison because Jordan is a far superior player.”
As NBA continues to expand its international presence, Olajuwon also spoke on the NBA hosting games in the UK. Former NBA center believes it would be difficult to play regular games in the U.K.
“They talk about it but logistically I don’t know how that would work. For the East coast team I could see that but for the West Coast to travel, I think that might be very complicated,” Olajuwon said.
As well as the popularity in the U.K. the former basketball star said China was the NBA’s fastest growing market, but suggested a surprising choice for where the next franchise could come from.
“NBA has done a fantastic job connecting the Chinese audience to the NBA basketball. They have done that and they will continue to grow. But to have a franchise there … maybe Mexico.”
Olajuwon established himself as an unusually skilled offensive player for a big man, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake.
He led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Olajuwon is a 12-time NBA All-Star, and has been named the 1994 NBA MVP.
Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game, a lot believe he was the best. He played in 1238 NBA games (1186 started), averaging 21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.1 bpg in 35.7 minutes of action.
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