Rockets general manger Daryl Morey wasn’t holding back in his opinion of LeBron James on Wednesday as he called the Lakers star “the greatest ever.”
Morey was asked during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show whether the Lakers should be considered contenders in the Western Conference this season with the addition of James, who signed a four-year, $153.3 contract with Los Angeles during the offseason after spending four seasons with the Cavaliers.
“I would never count out a LeBron James team,” Morey said. “I mean he is the greatest ever in my mind and it would be very hard to count him out.”
Morey went on to explain the competition isn’t all that close. He said looking at James’ career as a whole, the four-time MVP is ahead of his competition by a “big margin.”
“I think you just look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down. Obviously, you don’t need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.
“But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he’s had, frankly I think it’s, at this point, it’s become a bit of a big margin actually where he’s come out ahead. I know that’s a little controversial.”
James, 33, doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon as he enters his 16th NBA season. He’s a three-time NBA champion and was named NBA Finals MVP in all three of his championship victories. He has eclipsed more than 31,000 points and has been selected to 14 straight All-Star Games.
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