During some downtime on Saturday, I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a caption that reads “He a (goat emoji) in my book.” Now, for those who don’t know, G.O.A.T. is used as an acronym for “greatest of all time.” Though it isn’t possible to know exactly who is the greatest orator or musician or leader of all time because history is so vast, there are certainly criteria in every field that make one fit for the argument of greatest of all time. Of a year? Sure, we can say So And So was the greatest player of the season. But, when looking over the entire span of time, to name a greatest player would be tough. So there are many who fall in the category of “the greats.” Magic. LeBron. Mike. Larry. Kareem. Wilt. Shaq. Kobe. Reggie. These guys, when speaking of basketball, are greats. Now, there are valid arguments about who is the G.O.A.T., be it Mike, Magic, or LeBron. But, when you are sitting here talking about “Lonzo Ball is the G.O.A.T.,” you lose all credibility because you are speaking in contradictions. You can’t be a greatest unless we’re talking different fields. He may become a great, but he won’t even be the greatest Bruin of all time so how could he be the G.O.A.T.?
I say all that to say this: In an era where everyone wants to be a G.O.A.T., strive to be the G.O.A.T., uncontested, indisputable, and outright. Be a Mike.
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