Michael Jordan still tops surveys as GOAT

Michael Jordan still tops surveys as GOAT
Michael Jordan versus LeBron James —how long has this “greatest of all time” debate been raging?

Well, based on a recent survey by Business Insider, we’ve all been wasting our time. In the eyes of most fans, Jordan is the GOAT and it’s not even close.

In this June 9, 1996 file photo Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan stands during a break at the end of an NBA Basketball game against the Seattle SuperSonics in Seattle.  (BETH A. KEISER / AP)

The Bulls legend received 66 per cent of the vote when the financial news website polled 1,082 American adults through SurveyMonkey earlier this month. James got 10.4 per cent with Larry Bird third (4 per cent) and Wilt Chamberlain fourth (3.5 per cent).

Last year, college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for the website’s Candid Coaches series and found that 82 per cent chose Jordan over James.

James passed Jordan earlier this month for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, although James had played in 118 more games at the time.

While the Lakers star did best among 18- to 29-year-olds, he still bowed to Jordan, 60.3 percent to 20.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Jordan did gangbusters with the 30-44 age group: 74.1 per cent.

But a search of recent articles finds writers from Men’s Health and USA Today and other columnists and bloggers still wrestling with the GOAT question, and it doesn’t figure to end anytime soon.

The Phoenix Suns signed Fredette for the rest of the season Friday with a team option for 2019-20.

The 30-year-old Fredette won every national college player of the year award his senior season at BYU in 2011 after leading the country in scoring at 28.9 points per game. He was traded to Sacramento after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by Milwaukee.

Fredette never had the same success in the NBA as he did in college, averaging 6.0 points over five seasons with four teams. He spent the last three seasons playing for Shanghai of the Chinese Basketball Association, leading the league in scoring last season with 36.9 points per game.

Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice-president of basketball operations, noted Smart’s repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during games this season in handing down the penalty Thursday. Smart has been fined for two prior incidents in 2018-19.

Smart shoved Embiid from behind with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter of the 76ers’ 118-115 victory on Wednesday. He received a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected.

The Suns said in a statement that Oubre had a procedure on his sprained thumb Friday. The recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.

Oubre was injured during Phoenix’s game at New Orleans on March 16 and has not played since.

Oubre has been a nice fit in the desert since being acquired from Washington for forward Trevor Ariza on Dec. 17. He’s averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 40 games.
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