Rick Mahorn explains why greatest player in NBA history doesn’t exist

Former NBA player Rick Mahorn said there is no better player in league history and we can only judge who the best teams in NBA history are .

The greatest player does not exist

The GOAT debate is one of the hot topics of discussion among NBA fans and analysts today, and it always brings a lot of controversy. Everyone has their own opinion of who is the best player in NBA history, and those usually depend on the personal preferences of certain players. Names like Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, and Kareem, to some extent, usually pop up in these debates, but according to former NBA player Rick Mahorn, the GOAT doesn’t exist.

In a recent interview, Mahorn explained that he doesn’t believe there is a single greatest player in NBA history because basketball is a team sport. He argues that if you want to discuss these things, you can instead debate the most outstanding team in NBA history.

“I really don’t believe in the greatest player because you can’t have the best player without four other guys. It’s just life because we’re not boxers, we’re not tennis players. It’s gonna be five guys, it’s gonna be a team. How do you part it, I just don’t know.

Debate for the best team in NBA history

Mahorn’s approach and thinking on this subject is different from that of many fans and analysts, but they are valid. Basketball is a team sport, and we’ve seen time and time again that great individuals never win titles on their own. They need to be surrounded by other great players who will help them along the way, because the reality is that no one can do it alone, no matter how good they are individually. On top of that, it is difficult to measure the greatness of the players as they have played in different eras by different rules and narratives.

Mahorn also argued that these things are simpler in individual sports like tennis, where it is a 1 on 1 matchup between two athletes. In this case, it might make more sense to talk about the greatest teams in NBA history rather than the best players. However, it’s hard to imagine the media and fans not pushing this narrative anymore as it sparks a lot of debate, and everyone has their reasoning why a specific player is worthy of having the GOAT title.