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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  • John Lambert
    John Lambert 12 hours ago

    I feel like not this video but people when they talk about Lebron and MJ it's a playoff game. I see that yes MJ did win 6 championships compared to Lebron's 3 but Lebron has more playoff points and buzzer beater shots made. He passed MJ on all-time points scored and assists and rebounds he has also been selected to more all- star games and if LBJ had better teammates in Cleveland he has more than 3 championships. MJ has more steals and devensive selections also is better at free throws but other then those things Lebron has him beat so in my opinion off things LBJ is the better of the two. plus MJ averages more points but LBJ is more of a team player.

  • George Cristo
    George Cristo Day ago

    don't entertain the peasants

  • Fatboi12
    Fatboi12 9 days ago +1

    Mj still better

  • Wind 50
    Wind 50 13 days ago

    Anyone who thinks LeBron is better than Kobe or mike is simply delusional

  • Wind 50
    Wind 50 13 days ago

    LeBron is top 5

  • Sam Scholten
    Sam Scholten 14 days ago

    There isnt a name im more tired of hearing in the sports world than michael jordan

  • EGENSON dot COM.
    EGENSON dot COM. 16 days ago +1

    Lbj deserves it..he was sò great..

  • lilyfel sumalinog
    lilyfel sumalinog 20 days ago

    1 jordan
    2 russell
    3 kareem
    4 wilt
    5 magic
    6 lebron

  • Terry Paris
    Terry Paris 21 day ago

    Nothing Wrong With Being Second Best 👑🏀💯

    STILL DOPE 22 days ago +1

    stephen A. apologizing for sayin MJ is better than LeBRON, is such a punk move, when he has no problem trashing other players, dallas & coaches!💯

  • Jorge Rascon jr
    Jorge Rascon jr 22 days ago

    Lebron is great his a top 5 all time. But I don't think you could even put him over Kobe.

  • Eric meng
    Eric meng Month ago

    Stephen A smith is right lebron is elite but the the greatest of all time that is Michael Jordan
    Cmon 6xchamp 6x fmvp assassin’s mentaly the closer that mike is !!! LeBron James is not that player not a closer

  • Carlos Alguera
    Carlos Alguera Month ago

    nobody talks about lebron missing the playoffs when he’s not in a stacked team?

    • Carlos Alguera
      Carlos Alguera 29 days ago

      MariTwoTimes YT Not all season, he played in more than 50 games, but sure, keep making excuses.

    • MariTwoTimes YT
      MariTwoTimes YT 29 days ago

      Carlos Alguera he was injured ...

    • Carlos Alguera
      Carlos Alguera Month ago

      oh my bad, which team did he play last season in the playoffs? I must have missed that series.

    • MariTwoTimes YT
      MariTwoTimes YT Month ago

      Carlos Alguera Lebron hasn’t missed a playoff game since he was 20 years old I can tell you don’t watch basketball 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • James Winny
    James Winny Month ago +2

    At 35, has there ever been a guy balling out like this? Kawhi his supposed rival is resting out games and he’s only 28? Cmon man. If Lebron wins 2-3 more chips he’s the goat otherwise Mike is still the man

    • Lil Tree
      Lil Tree 24 days ago

      James Winny Lebrons shoes are trash he’ll never be the GOAT

  • Bazan1122
    Bazan1122 Month ago


  • Pat3 _15
    Pat3 _15 Month ago

    The goat debate is settled after you watch this

  • cameron mcclennon
    cameron mcclennon Month ago

    I agree with Stephan A. on most issues. However his argument on competition is absolute BS. He’s got a nostalgia bias because he misses the old days. The 73 win warriors are better than any team Jordan has ever played. They would arguably beat even the bulls in my opinion so the idea that Lebron beat them on the road just proves that argument falls apart...

  • Idk Me
    Idk Me Month ago


  • Fair Minded
    Fair Minded Month ago

    LBJ is a better athlete than Jordan but is not a better player just yet. That won't be decided definitively until LBJ retires and a full account could be made of his career.

  • Toy Story
    Toy Story Month ago

    Jordan has the best legacy, making him the "greatest" of all time. He also changed the NBA in ways that arent possible anymore today.
    BUT.. Lebron is the "best" basketball player of all time. Lebrons all around skill has never been seen. His combination of speed, size, strength, scoring, passing, durability, longevity, IQ and just total mass of stats as well as consistent trips to the playoffs/finals. Ive got MJ as my "GOAT," but Lebron as my "BOAT." 😂

  • Lorenzo Browner
    Lorenzo Browner Month ago

    People Clearly don't understand.
    LeBron is 3-6 in the playoffs
    but how are you going to blame LeBron for his record? Take 2017-2018 Finals LeBron had literally been tirelessly working through 1-3rd rounds and then has to face the most OP team in the NBA. Or how about 2014-2015 when both Kyrie and Kevin Love were injured and LeBron still managed to take Warriors to 6 games by himself. Now there are a couple Final appearances where LeBron had no excuse for losing. But you guys blatantly bring up LeBron's Playoffs record when comparing him to Jordan. Jordan had a good team behind him everytime he was in the Playoffs or have you guys forgot he couldn't get in it until Scottie Pippen joined? Even LeBron was getting into the playoffs even with no other good players so OF COURSE his record is gonna be worse.
    LeBron doesn't score as much as Jordan because he's no doubt a better passer than Jordan. LeBron is a better rebounder than Jordan. Physically and Mentally LeBron is Better
    But Athletically, Defensively, and Offensively Jordan is Better.

  • Angel HD
    Angel HD Month ago

    Simple, who has more rings?

  • Oliver Airey
    Oliver Airey Month ago

    If it's about rings give it to bill Russel smh

  • Ivory Alexander
    Ivory Alexander Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

  • tyrone james
    tyrone james Month 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 Month ago

    Stephen A confirms delonte west basically

  • Lance Vance
    Lance Vance Month 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 Month ago

    When some says MJ the goat: Ok Boomer

  • Killerstar123
    Killerstar123 Month ago

    I think LeBron is gona be the Goat Fight me

  • Jay
    Jay Month 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 Month ago

      @Jay no lol its Mj>Kobe>Lebron

    • Jay
      Jay Month ago

      Lestrq but we always say lebron is the best

    • Jay
      Jay Month ago

      Lestrq everyone says Kobe is top 5-10

    • Jay
      Jay Month ago

      Lestrq nope that’s not true

    • Lestrq
      Lestrq Month ago

      People of 2000's will say kobe is best.

    DOLO BROLIC Month ago

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

  • Braydon Castles
    Braydon Castles Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +2

    Media always downplaying Kobes legacy

  • ITs youuu
    ITs youuu Month ago

    Kareem is the best ever

  • Carlos Franco
    Carlos Franco Month 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 Month ago

    LeBron is the GOAT/KOAT. PERIOD

  • abdouldmml
    abdouldmml Month 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 Month ago

    with 3 chips?

  • Jaylew
    Jaylew Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

    • Thomas Lake
      Thomas Lake Month 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 Month ago +1

    I think that the other guy did it better.

  • Big Pay Willz
    Big Pay Willz Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Rahshad Dawson
    Rahshad Dawson Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

    lbj and sas same hairline on the thumbnail 😁😁😁

  • nicolas villamizar
    nicolas villamizar Month 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 Month ago

    What happened to Kobe?

  • RaGs2Riche$
    RaGs2Riche$ Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Ed Amurao
    Ed Amurao Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +6

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

  • Donn Thomas
    Donn Thomas Month 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 Month ago +13

    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...

    • Akeem Love
      Akeem Love 5 days ago

      Leon White The Thing That People Have To Realize Is That Lebron Has To Win Titles Now , Its Not About Stats Or MVP’s Anymore .. He Needs Rings !

    • Leon White
      Leon White 5 days ago

      He hasn’t surpassed him in my book yet either. If you’ve already made up your mind and he’s still playing then not worth discussing

    • Akeem Love
      Akeem Love 5 days ago

      He’s Right Tho , He NEVER Will Be Better Than Jordan The Real GOAT ! 💯

    • Jovann Pena
      Jovann Pena 15 days ago


  • Jancel Diaz
    Jancel Diaz Month ago

    El mejor el goat Michael jordan