Stephen A. congratulates LeBron on being the 2nd-greatest NBA player ever | First Take

  • Published on Nov 20, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith refuses to concede that LeBron James is the greatest ever, naming Michael Jordan to the top spot.
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  • Ivory Alexander
    Ivory Alexander 5 hours ago

    So MJ lead the league in scoring 10 times, made all-defensive team 9 times (by the way that's tied with GP for the most all time), and even lead the league in steals 3 times, but LeBron is the better overall player? I'm not even factoring in the rings. MJ was both the best offensive AND the best defensive player when he stepped on the court. But LeBron is the better overall player???? I respect LeBron's game but WHAT?????

  • Sunset Island
    Sunset Island 10 hours ago

    after 6 months of research I have found that MJ is better then LJ if we measure by about 90% of all metrics.

  • philmedone
    philmedone 15 hours ago

    Congrats to Stephen A on getting paid a whole lot of money for butchering the English language. FOH

  • tyrone james
    tyrone james 21 hour ago

    No no no. Wilt and Kareem are better. And Bill Russell has 11 rings and 5 MVPs. He prolly would've had 7 FMVPs if they existed in his time. And I think Magic was better too.

  • Spencer Parker
    Spencer Parker 22 hours ago

    Stephen A confirms delonte west basically

  • Lance Vance
    Lance Vance Day ago

    MJ the greatest brand, not the greatest player. That honor goes to Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Nobody got his resume, including MJ and LeBron.

  • Jay Silcox
    Jay Silcox Day ago

    When some says MJ the goat: Ok Boomer

  • Killerstar123
    Killerstar123 3 days ago

    I think LeBron is gona be the Goat Fight me

  • Jay
    Jay 3 days ago

    I can’t take this conversation seriously because it’s all gonna be about who you grew up watching, people in the 80s-90s era gonna stick with Jordan no matter what, people in the 70s gonna stick with Kareem people in the 60s gonna stick with wilt or bill and people in the 2000s, 2010s gonna stick with lebron that’s how it is 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Lestrq
      Lestrq Day ago

      @Jay no lol its Mj>Kobe>Lebron

    • Jay
      Jay Day ago

      Lestrq but we always say lebron is the best

    • Jay
      Jay Day ago

      Lestrq everyone says Kobe is top 5-10

    • Jay
      Jay Day ago

      Lestrq nope that’s not true

    • Lestrq
      Lestrq Day ago

      People of 2000's will say kobe is best.

    DOLO BROLIC 3 days ago

    NEVA EVA EVA EVA EVA IN LIFE.......but second is good enough.....for this era.....😉

  • Braydon Castles
    Braydon Castles 3 days ago +1

    Basketball was way different back in the day. You couldn’t take 3 steps to shoot, it was more aggressive, and they actually played defense. The stats with Jordan are slightly worse because Lebron is in an era where the NBA wants to see more points so basically it’s where if you play defense it’s a foul. MJ will be the greatest player to ever live for a while.

  • Amy Kellam
    Amy Kellam 4 days ago

    Saying Jordan best the Magic Johnson and the Lakers is misleading. The second best player on that team was james worth and Magic was getting towards the end of his career. The competition that Lebron has played in the finals is far greater than jordans in my opinion

  • Internet Tough Guy
    Internet Tough Guy 4 days ago

    It's the same thing with Brady and Trout. Too many people just want to believe they are watching the greatest right now.

  • martin tarzian
    martin tarzian 5 days ago +1

    Media always downplaying Kobes legacy

  • ITs youuu
    ITs youuu 5 days ago

    Kareem is the best ever

  • Carlos Franco
    Carlos Franco 5 days ago

    Stephen A if Lebron wins the next 3 chips with 3 finals MVPs and a 1 regular szn MVP you’re still not naming him the greatest?

  • Lisa Duncan
    Lisa Duncan 5 days ago

    LeBron is the GOAT/KOAT. PERIOD

  • abdouldmml
    abdouldmml 5 days ago

    Max always has to talk rubbish if you talk about the greatest running backs ever you talk about brown or Sanders not Smith longevity has nothing to do with it

  • Anime Is Life
    Anime Is Life 6 days ago

    with 3 chips?

  • Jaylew
    Jaylew 6 days ago

    Jordan was 6-0 cause he played in the harder conference. He either got knocked out by the pistons or had easy team from the west to beat in the finals. Lebron has been the exact opposite. His path to finals has always been easy that’s why he’s been in so many but the actual NBA finals he usually plays a juggernaut spurs or warriors team

  • K, Love The NBA
    K, Love The NBA 6 days ago +2

    Micheal Jordan is 1-9 in the playoffs without Pippen. Someone give Pippen the credit he deserves

    • K, Love The NBA
      K, Love The NBA 3 days ago

      @Thomas Lake do you remember Jordan in Washington? That's worse then anything LeBron has ever done. No cap

    • Thomas Lake
      Thomas Lake 3 days ago

      K, Love The NBA lebron didn’t make the playoffs the first two seasons. That’s worse and he missed last year as well. I have seen other players with way more harsh injuries than a groin and carry their team to the playoffs. Lebron never got injured that’s his true gift he is a rare specimen. People actually find it insulting that they are saying lebron is the 2nd greatest of all time! Kareem,lebron, and Kobe are in the tier of debatable goats but my is another level.

  • despite what you’ve heard

    I just think lebrons not very likeable

  • oxi
    oxi 6 days ago +1

    I think that the other guy did it better.

  • Big Pay Willz
    Big Pay Willz 6 days ago

    Stephen and Max are so on their knees to Jordan. They constantly omit the ONLY reason Jordan got to the finals was because BIRD got old. Boston and the Pistons sent Jordan home every year. How many playoff series did Jordan lose?? They never mention that in their commentary EVER!! I’m not saying Jordan was dominant. What I’m saying is Stephen A always bring up the 2 situation LBJ coming up short. While omitting all those years Jordan was getting bumped and sent fishing early. For the record IMO Wilt was the best player ever. Boston had the best teams back then. They changed the game to make it harder for Wilt. Where the changed it to make it easier for Jordan. Mike drop!!!

    MICHAEL COOKS JR 6 days ago

    Michael Jordan Still Number 1 in my book I Agree his Behind Jordan MJ was God Sent Player

  • Rahshad Dawson
    Rahshad Dawson 6 days ago

    They act like Micheal Jordan never lost a playoff series LOL. It’s Mike. I get it. But ya can’t rewrite history. When he didn’t have a squad, he lost, just like everyone else

  • freddy torres
    freddy torres 6 days ago

    if u want to know who is the greatest NBA player of all time, all u have to do is go to the NBA records book and i belief is 82 records and see who owns like 74 of them!!! thats right WILT CHAMBLIEN

  • Bernard Aguila
    Bernard Aguila 6 days ago

    lbj and sas same hairline on the thumbnail 😁😁😁

  • nicolas villamizar
    nicolas villamizar 6 days ago

    Lebron beat spurs went against Kobe not in playoffs and beat warriors etc Jordan played lot less players and team full hall fame players

  • ucanbegreat
    ucanbegreat 6 days ago

    What happened to Kobe?

  • RaGs2Riche$
    RaGs2Riche$ 6 days ago

    It comes down to physics:
    Velocity vs Volume. Which ever one you prefer is who you’ll say the greatest is.

  • V Charley
    V Charley 6 days ago

    Blah blah blah blah!!! LeBron James is not the second greatest player in the world... not even top 10!!

  • Ed Amurao
    Ed Amurao 7 days ago

    Jordan played for a great organisation coach and team mates compare to Lebron. In a way Jordan had an advantage in his career. Don’t forget Jordan had Pippen the best defender of all time.

    • Paul Mireles
      Paul Mireles 6 days ago

      Wow, thats your best? Jordan stayed in one place to build a good organization. Zero championships before Jordan. Jordan had more def awards and stats than Pippen. Lebum has been choosing his teams for years and still cant beat good teams that actually play a system. You listed Pippen for Jordan but forgot to list all of the all-stars that lebum has had. Wade, Bosh, Love, Irving and so on. Magic Johnson went to 9 finals and won 5 in 13 years. Hes more clutch than lechoke.

  • Poop Sam
    Poop Sam 7 days ago +6

    First take really be disrespect Kobe like he wasn’t a bucket

  • Donn Thomas
    Donn Thomas 7 days ago

    What dynasty did mike play against in the championship rd of the playoffs??? Lebron the G.O.A.T, flat out!

  • Leon White
    Leon White 7 days ago +8

    When your first statement is "I will never concede that", then I can't take you serious. If you would never concede it, then you're not truly objective. The better statement would be not yet...

  • Jancel Diaz
    Jancel Diaz 7 days ago

    El mejor el goat Michael jordan

  • sonicchampion14
    sonicchampion14 7 days ago

    Anything in LA, anything related to a popular topic is overrated, most of the time.

  • stacks amill
    stacks amill 7 days ago

    Steven a is over rated trash

  • яeeχρeя
    яeeχρeя 7 days ago

    Tbh this is only watchable bcs of max and stephen A every other Analyst on espn sucks

  • Joseph Moore
    Joseph Moore 7 days ago

    The mofos gonna stop disrespecting Wilt Chamberlain. The best team wins rings. NOW THE BEST PLAYER. just go to the record books. No disrespect to any other greats. Magic Jordan bird russel kareem hakeem. It's WILT ALL DAY

    • Joseph Moore
      Joseph Moore 7 days ago

      @Eyem Dunn one series? Good for Kareem.
      Like I said he played who they put out on the court. Check the record books. If theyre better today then do better than Wilt. I'm out

    • Eyem Dunn
      Eyem Dunn 7 days ago

      Magic bird Jordan Kareem and Jordan went against tougher competition. No one was really wilt’s height, he mostly went up against a bunch of short white boys. Btw wilt chamberlain got absolutely outplayed and dominated by Kareem in the 1972 WCF, check the stats for yourself.

  • Rodrigo Silva
    Rodrigo Silva 7 days ago

    People's favorite player of all time will always be MJ. But Lebron is the greatest basketball player of all time .

  • Harrison Williams
    Harrison Williams 7 days ago

    What about the 2 seasons Jordan got bounced out in the first round by Detroit, let's sweep it under the rug don't hold it against him through.

  • Harrison Williams
    Harrison Williams 7 days ago

    Kareem Abdul Jabar is #1 LeBron is #2

  • Owen Millar
    Owen Millar 7 days ago +3

    Jordan is the greatest ever and always will be he’s the best ever

  • John Shakespeare
    John Shakespeare 7 days ago

    Best ever has no end to debate but if you want to put it in order of greatness by they position its...
    Pg magic
    Sg jordan
    Sf lebron
    F Tim Duncan
    C shaq

  • Javii King
    Javii King 7 days ago

    Competition matters!!! Its the a main vein of this sport!!!

  • Guillermo Kyosuke
    Guillermo Kyosuke 7 days ago

    Lebron is not even my top 5. Not even top ten. Stop trying to boost the leveon narrative. Even the young generations are starting to see the bs. He’s playing hard now cuz he got AD? Lol

  • DonNoDraper
    DonNoDraper 7 days ago +1

    Lebron is GOAT to my gen. To me #23 is Lebron obviously to evry gen says different players thts what u watched growing up stfu already 🤦‍♂️

  • Jake Heckler
    Jake Heckler 8 days ago

    Jordan is the greatest.

  • Kevin Wendel
    Kevin Wendel 8 days ago

    Really? Lebron is better than mike...... the Rings? Ok Bill Russel is the GOAT

  • Yurhomi 24
    Yurhomi 24 8 days ago

    But he’s not though.

  • Thunder Up
    Thunder Up 8 days ago +10

    There is no “greatest” imo there are greatest of each generation. Every 15-20 years there’s a greatest of that time. Reason being, the game has evolved so much that each generation has different challenges

  • J. Williams
    J. Williams 8 days ago

    No Sir. I would place Magic Johnson above LeBron all day every day.... They have nothing else to talk about... Sad

  • Allen Clawson
    Allen Clawson 8 days ago

    Didn’t have the makeup 09 cavaliers 60+ wins without any other stars 07 vs Detroit lol not the killer😂😂😂

  • Amazingshawn
    Amazingshawn 8 days ago +71

    Here’s the thing
    When lebron retires, they will still talk about him
    Just like with Jordan, they still talk about him
    You don’t see these guys talk about Kobe day in day out

    • Fleeting Youth
      Fleeting Youth 4 days ago +1

      What do you mean Jordan and Kobe are the constant in the conversation 🤷

    • abdouldmml
      abdouldmml 5 days ago +2

      You don't hear them doing it about Kareem either will they after lebron is gone? Only time will tell but normally you only talk about the greatest

    • яeeχρeя
      яeeχρeя 7 days ago +1


  • Ep  Bailey
    Ep Bailey 8 days ago

    No one cares what this man has to say. Not an athlete

  • Niv
    Niv 8 days ago

    Jordan didnt even guard magic in the finals...the fact that stephen a. Thought that lebron gonna have 28 ppg this thats just sayn that he expects fron the greatest to in a scorer mentality like mj and kobe, but lebron is not that kind of guy and thats y people missing the point about him. Lebron can close a game as a defender, a scorer, a playmaker...mj didnt even guard magic

  • Ian James, II
    Ian James, II 8 days ago

    LeBron is the Greatest Of All Time. Period

  • SGJayden
    SGJayden 8 days ago +1

    MJ overatted in my opinion