The debate of who is the best player in NBA history, usually, always includes at least three names: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James (of course, there are many others who come into the equation).
However, Charles Barkley does not see it that way, in fact, the Hall of Famer does not even think James should be mentioned in the same breath as Bryant and Tim Duncan, let alone Jordan.
Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers star leading his home franchise to their first-ever championship this year as they overcame the Golden State Warriors, taking his finals record to 3-3, Barkley, a close friend of MJ and a TV analyst with TNT, thinks he must do more to go alongside the recently-retired duo.
He said: "The only problem I have with it, I don't know how he just passes Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Now if he wins a couple more championships, yeah he’s in that conversation, but that’s a long way to go."
Even without the titles, the 'King' has to go down as one of the all-time greats. He may have three finals losses on his record but only one of them (the defeat to Dallas) leaves a stain on his record.
He was so good against the Warriors in 2015 that he almost won finals MVP despite being on the losing team, while no franchise in history could've stopped San Antonio in 2014 with the way they shot the ball.
The greatest is always a subjective conversation, but James must be in there somewhere.