Austin Rivers is not here for those regular Joes speaking on who are the greatest players in the National Basketball Association.
The Houston Rockets guard made these comments because he was upset with Dwyane Wade’s ranking in the list of all-time best NBA players, compiled by experts at ESPN. Wade was sandwiched between current superstars Giannis Antetokoumpo and Kawhi Leonard at 26th.
Rivers felt that those making the list were people who don’t have the experience of playing professional basketball, which led to him to saying that anyone who hasn’t played or coached in the NBA, they wouldn’t know about it.
“If you are a current player in the NBA, I’ll have this discussion. If you have coached in the NBA, I’ll have this discussion,” Rivers said. “If you did not play in the NBA or coached the NBA, I don’t care what your opinion is about the all time greatest. I don’t give a f–k if you’ve studied the game of basketball. You never played, you don’t know what it’s like competing against those guys.”
“This list was clearly made by guys who didn’t make their JV basketball team. You have Dwyane Wade 26th all time.”
Despite his comments, fans will never stop debating the greatest NBA players of all-time.
If you’re going to use that logic for the NBA, then you’d have to do so with every other profession in the world, which makes Rivers’ comments null and void.
Let the debate continue.
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