It all comes down to opinion when choosing the greatest player of all time, but Shaquille O'Neal may have shocked many with his choice, having avoided many of the obvious candidates.
When discussing the names of the greatest basketball player of all time, often Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are the immediate names to be mentioned but Shaq is in the minority who believes there is another man who sits above the rest.
In an interview with The Antenna's Abe Schwadron, O'Neal exclaimed that 'the Doctor' Juluis Irving was the best player to ever grace the hardwood.
O'Neal said: "It’s a matter of opinion, To me, Dr. J was the greatest player ever. But I ask other people, they say Jordan, some say Kobe, some people say LeBron. It’s always going to be a matter of opinion."
The Big Diesel acknowledged that many would believe that Jordan or in fact Kobe or LeBron will be the favourite choice but Shaq appreciates the era in which Erving defined and the grace he brought to the court which may have persuaded him to give Dr.J the G.O.A.T title.
When discussing the greatest player, many fans and analysts turn to NBA titles to be a deciding factor, Erving doesn't quite stand up to Jordan (6 titles) and Bryant (5 titles) in that sense but his effect on the NBA is indescribable.
O'Neal may have his own claim to be in the conversation for greatest player, Shaq is certainly the most dominating star to ever play in the NBA.
The debate over the G.O.A.T will rage on with experts and fans alike differing in opinion, one thing is for sure is that you can't dislike a choice like Juluis Erving who evolved basketball in such a terrific way.