When it comes to the NBA, most would agree that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all-time. He won six NBA championships (and finals MVPs), he’s a five-time MVP and a 10-time scoring champion.
But he absolutely wasn’t the greatest player that college basketball had ever seen. There’s not even a debate.
Yet, with the NCAA tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN decided to hold a GOAT college basketball player bracket. This bracket was left up to the fans, so we can’t blame ESPN for the decision. But the final result could not have been more off the mark.
In the final, Michael Jordan defeated Larry Bird while Lew Alcindor (who would later go by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) lost to Shaquille O’Neal (!!!) early in the bracket.
Alcindor should have won that bracket easily as a three-time champion and three-time National Player of the Year at UCLA. Alcindor was so dominant that the NCAA decided to ban dunking to make it fair. So, when the final result was unveiled, college hoops fans were justifiably upset.
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