There was an interesting snub when Kevin Durant listed off his all-tme top five players on the Knuckleheads podcast. Durant listed them in order: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Magic Johnson. LeBron James didn't even get any consideration at all. The only additional player that was properly debated in this conversation was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Even besides the snub of LBJ, this list is still a travesty; KD can say what he wants about not ranking players who are still active, but come on. Kobe and Shaq did their thing, but putting not one, but both of them in this all-time Pantheon is just not right. Those two over Kareem, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird? All of them?
LeBron might not be everyone's all-time GOAT, but there is no reason he should be left out of any top three conversations let alone top five. Despite missing the playoffs and having his first major injury, he still had a ridiculous season. By the time he calls it quits, he'll own too many records to count.
Unpopular Opinion: Kevin Durant is the best player in the NBA rn 路♂️ pic.twitter.com/nOmDTJCzlS— Love & Positivity ✨ (@_AMBISH) March 26, 2019
Durant lowering the status of LeBron may be a way for him to work himself into these top five conversations down the line. He has been battling for the title of the best player in the world ever since but LeBron has been there at every turn.
Durant will get his time to shine as his friend LeBron finally slows down, but he should still respect the man's game.