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Joel Embiid has never been shy about expressing opinions, but at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia 76ers big man asked a great question.
While sitting on bench for Team Stephan next to Al Horford of the Boston Celtics, the 23-year-old Embiid picked the brain of the 31-year-old veteran post player.
Fortunately for basketball junkies everywhere, the awesome conversation was picked up on camera.
— NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2018
Embiid asked Horford if he considered Michael Jordan the greatest player of all-time. Horford nodded, implying he did, which prompted Embiid to make a strong argument for the late Wilt Chamberlain. Along the way, he also mentioned Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“I didn’t get to watch him, but I mean, when I look at the numbers and all that, like Wilt,” Embiid said. “I don’t know why everybody’s always saying that he played against short people, but looking at his videos and stuff, he was so freakin’ athletic. He would’ve been able to play in any era, jump over everybody.
“But I don’t know. It comes down to championships, too. And then if it comes down to championships, Bill Russell has gotta be the GOAT.”
Horford nods again, and mentions Abdul-Jabbar.
“Yeah, Kareem,” Embiid responded. “Yeah.”
Chamberlain was the single most destructive force the game has ever seen, putting up a plethora of statistics that will most likely never be challenged, let alone surpassed.
Russell played on 11 championship teams, the most in NBA history.
Jabbar led his teams to six NBA championships and remains the game’s all-time leading scorer.
Still, many consider Jordan to be the best player to ever lace up basketball shoes.