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Popular sports like cricket and football feature the ‘GOAT debate between Virat Kohli-Steve Smith and Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo respectively, similarly, the basketball world has also seen some all-time greats like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. However, only three names currently dominate the GOAT debate and have the NBA fanbase divided– Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant.

Lil Wayne, the 40-year-old rapper, made an appearance on a popular podcast recently where he was asked to rank Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James according to his choice. The Showtime Basketball Twitter account posted a snippet from the episode, which is quickly becoming popular online while the whole episode will be released at a later date.

Lil Wayne started his answer by appreciating Michael Jordan and said, "Love Jordan for the way he f**king always won. As a kid, you don’t know too much about the ins and outs and all the other sh*t that we love now in the game that I’m old enough to care about. So I just, ‘Who won?’ That’s my favorite player, he better win. He always f**king win, that’s all I know. I got old enough to know how hard it is to f**king do it back to back to back. That’s where he gains his respect to where he’s the greatest. It’s very hard to do."

But later in the video he countered the above statement and explained why he thought that Lebron James is the actual goat. His exact words were, "Bron one, Mike, and then Kobe…That n***a Bron done did that s**t with three teams. That’s when I was like regardless if he ain’t got six, but darn he done it with three different teams and not on one of those motherf**king teams did he play part two or role two."

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Here, Wayne is correct as three different teams winning championships is a remarkable accomplishment. During each of those four championship campaigns, Lebron even took home the MVP award in the Finals. Although Michael Jordan has won six championships, he is frequently criticized for not hoisting the trophy without Scottie Pippen's assistance.