I keep hearing he’s the greatest, and that upsets me” – Rick Barry explains why Michael Jordan is not the GOAT

I keep hearing he’s the greatest, and that upsets me” – Rick Barry explains why Michael Jordan is not the GOAT

Many legendary players who played before Michael Jordan have regarded him as the NBA’s undisputed GOAT. However, 12-time All-Star Rick Barry was never one of them.

The whole point of Barry’s argument was that each position comes with its own set of responsibilities and demands unique skills. That said, Barry firmly believes that a direct comparison between players of different positions in determining the GOAT always gives a biased and senseless result. However, Barry doesn’t take away anything from MJ as the greatest shooting guard of all time.

“I keep hearing he’s the greatest, and that upsets me,” Barry once said of Jordan. “It’s not fair to other players. You can’t compare a 2-guard to a center. There are five different and distinct positions. He’s the greatest 2-guard I ever saw and the most exciting player.”

Rick just hated GOAT conversations

Barry himself is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He led the ABA in scoring in 1967 and was named an All-Star in each of his six seasons in the league. His contributions to the sport helped elevate the level of play in the ABA and left a lasting legacy that carried on to the NBA.

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