Former Golden State Warriors star Rick Barry has insisted that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the “greatest three to ever play the game”.
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With so many options to decide between as the best small forward in NBA history, the debate is subjective but it is certainly impossible to have the discussion without mentioning James.
Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Scottie Pippen are just a few names that would also be in contention, but Barry is convinced that the two-time NBA champion has ensured that the title is his.
“I think LeBron is the greatest three to ever play the game. And as great as he is, he still has room for improvement. If that was ever to happen and he really refined his game more, they may have to outlaw him, he’s so good,” Barry told CBS Sports Radio.
“He’s an anomaly, I mean he really is. There’s never been anybody like him with his size, his athleticism, his feel for the game.”
Naturally, there are areas that James is stronger than Bird and others that Bird is superior, while there is also the factor of how successful each player is as a collective with their respective teams.
On talent alone it is difficult enough, but if championships were brought into the conversation then by the time James calls time on his career he could have undoubtedly ended the debate.
Bird has the better legacy at this stage given that he has three championships to his name, but LeBron has two and counting as he prepares for the NBA Finals 2015 against the Warriors.
Still only 30 years of age, the four-time MVP has plenty of time to make up the ground and continue to break records which in turn will help him establish himself as the best in that position and possibly of all time across the five.