One legendary player believes “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Bulls, should end the greatest player ever debate for younger generations.
According to Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal, the show, which ends Sunday night, should quell any talk about who is the greatest because it provides video evidence and examples for younger fans who didn’t see Jordan play in real time.
“It just cements and dispels the conversation about having anybody else named the greatest player ever,” O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, told The Post. “For all the new millennials that buy his shoes but never seen him play, they should see why he’s so valuable. It just cements and puts in perspective why he’s the best player ever, period.”
There has been plenty of debate over the years as to whether LeBron James passed Jordan as the greatest of all time. But what makes Jordan stand alone, according to O’Neal, is his 6-0 NBA Finals record without a dominant big man. James, meanwhile, owns a 3-5 record in the Finals.
It should be noted that Jordan played alongside a Hall of Famer in Scottie Pippen for all six title runs, and James had a weak supporting cast in two of his four trips to the Finals with the Cavaliers. But O’Neal believes that the lack of a forceful inside presence, and his absurd six Finals MVP awards, should elevate Jordan above the other contenders.
“If you look at the documentary, you see all the stuff he did, all the stuff he went through, and he’s 6-0 in the finals – with no legitimate big man,” O’Neal said. “Who else can say that? Who else can say I’m 6-0 in the finals and I don’t have a big man? Nobody.”
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