I am not going to try and answer the question of who is the GOAT because that is a question that will never be answered. Passionate fans of every era will always think their time was the best and of course the next Michael or LeBron is somewhere in a middle school gym right now honing his craft. To be honest I couldn't care less who is the GOAT. What I do care about is the integrity and culture of basketball. One of my favorite quotes is from my former coach Jerry Wainwright: "We live in a selfish and undisciplined society, but basketball is an unselfish and disciplined game." Basketball is a team game that requires great players to bring others along with them to be successful. For every Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan there is a BJ Armstrong or Scooter Banks fighting in the trenches with them. Championships are won when great players play on great teams.
Unfortunately our insta-society is bleeding over into the game. Enough already with the endless videos that over hype players. Get in the gym and work. Find a team and stick with it. Make others around you better. Only care about winning! That's how you become a GOAT and more importantly, that is what basketball is all about.