Former NBA player Ike Diogu has played against the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and many more during his time in the league. However, among the trio, Diogu praised James, whom he called the greatest all-rounder of all time.
In an interview with ESPN’s Leonard Solms, Diogu spoke about his NBA career which spanned from 2005 to 2012. The Nigerian captain had nothing but praise for ‘The King’, comparing him to his contemporaries in the 2000s like Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe. Bryant.
“I think LeBron is the greatest all-around player of all time. I’ve played Kobe, I’ve played Shaq, I’ve played LeBron. They’re all some of the greatest players ever. time. I just think LeBron is the best in all-around, being able to pass, score, rebound, just everything,” Diogu said.
“He’s definitely the tallest. Obviously being the size he is and having some of the physical gifts he has is pretty crazy and doing what he still does today,” Diogu added.
Ike Diogu was drafted ninth overall by the Golden State Warriors in 2005, spending a season and a half there before being traded in 2007. He was the centerpiece of the trade to the Indiana Pacers who rounded out the Warriors” We Believe”.
Diogu then bounced around the league, playing for teams such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. He continued his career in Europe and China before landing in Egypt this year. The 38-year-old veteran won the AfroBasket with Nigeria in 2015 and was the AfroBasket MVP in 2017.
LeBron James has a memorable night at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game
It was a memorable NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, especially for LeBron James. He returned home to Cleveland and was warmly welcomed by the local crowd. James then led his team to a win over Team Kevin Durant, hitting the winning fadeaway jumpshot.
At halftime, James was recognized as part of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team alongside his friends, current players and retired legends. “The King” even had a heartfelt moment with Michael Jordan that was caught on camera. It was a rare sight for basketball fans to see.
However, it wasn’t just a fun and enjoyable weekend for LeBron James. The turmoil between Klutch Sports and the LA Lakers almost stole the show. James appeared to take shots at Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka during his press and social media appearances.
The Lakers are in a very tricky position heading into the final stretch of the season after the All-Star break. James needs to carry the Lakers on his back and to the best possible record, with Anthony Davis sidelined for at least a month. It will be interesting to see if the extra rest gives James and the Lakers the spark they need to make the playoffs.