When it comes to the ever-contentious debate over the NBA’s greatest player, Gillie Da King doesn’t hesitate to voice his opinion. While he unequivocally places Michael Jordan at the top of the hierarchy, his choice for the second spot might raise a few eyebrows – LeBron James.
During the podcast, Gillie passionately argued that LeBron James faced unparalleled pressure to succeed from a remarkably young age. Pointing out James’ Sports Illustrated cover appearance in the 10th grade, Gillie highlighted the immense expectations placed on the shoulders of the young prodigy.
Gillie drew a notable contrast between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, emphasizing James’ consistent role as the primary figure on every team he’s played for. According to the Philly native, LeBron has always been the ‘Batman,’ the undisputed leader, from the inception of his NBA career. In contrast, Gillie portrayed Kobe Bryant as the ‘Robin’ to Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Batman’ during their time together.
Gillie asserted, “LeBron James ain’t never walked into an NBA locker room and put on a Robin uniform. He always was Batman.” This viewpoint reflects Gillie’s belief in LeBron’s enduring leadership and impact on the game, citing Kobe’s secondary role during his partnership with Shaq.