In November 2009 after a 111-104 victory against the Miami Heat the former Cav Lebron James showed off his “youthful ignorance” when he suggested that the NBA retire Michael Jordan’s famed number 23. Lebron, believing that MJ is the greatest of all time is a belief that a lot of other basketball fans share. He being a fan in his youthful days and now as a 2-time MVP still thinks that MJ is a god in long shorts. Now this article is not about if Lebron was silly for his beliefs or the comments he made on TNT that night. Fans, Analyst even legendary players alike took turns beating the poor kid up enough. Even players that played with his Air’ness suggested that Lebron was off with his assessment. I think it’s a matter of opinion on what the viewer believes incorporates the “Greatest of all time” or G.O.A.T. Rather his overall talent, championships, stats, awards, revolutionizing the game, etc where the standard lies is in the eyes of the beholder. I have asked about 30 people randomly who they believe is the top 5 players to ever lace them up. I asked for top 5 only because if I asked for only one name, you know who would have popped up at least 90% of the time. You can only imagine how many times someone said Jordan number one but when they had to name four others they started to change their minds a little. Even when they originally named MJ there top guy. I heard ten players name more and more often as I kept asking: Russell, Wilt, MJ, Magic, Larry Bird, Dr J, the Big O, Jerry West, Kobe and Kareem. I will take the time to put together a slide show depicting why they should or shouldn’t be referred to the G.O.A.T. The slides are in order based on age because the last thing I want to do is rank these guys. Enjoy.