Danny Ainge: LeBron maybe ‘taking Donald Trump approach’ calling himself the GOAT

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LeBron James made a lot of headlines — and filled countless hours of sports talk radio nationwide — when he said bringing a title to Cleveland is when he realized he was the GOAT (the greatest of all time).

Celtics GM Danny Ainge, who played in the ’80s with Larry Bird and against guys like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson. He isn’t buying it (hat tip to NBC Sports Boston):

“His career’s not over,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich.” “I’d just like to — why he’s saying that, I don’t know. Maybe he thinks that that sells. Maybe he’s taking the Donald Trump approach and trying to sell himself. I don’t know.”

LeBron got a lot of blowback for his comments, as he surely knew he would. One of the big pushbacks from guys like Ainge and Kevin McHale was along the lines of “why would he say that?”

Why wouldn’t he say that? Is Michael Jordan calling Bill Russell the GOAT?

Exactly.

You don’t have to think LeBron’s the GOAT, it’s a mythical title anyway. What matters is he believes and believes he can live up to it.