G.O.A.T.–LeBron James by Bob Gurnett

Who is the greatest basketball player of all time?This stunning book, filled to the brim with colour photographs and information, makes the case that it’s KING JAMES! G.O.A.T. is an acronym that stands for Greatest Of All Time – and it takes lifelong dedication, non-stop hard work and undeniable, unbelievable talent even to be considered for that honour. And if you asked five basketball lovers, “Who is the greatest player of all time?” you might get five different answers. But this fun book, written just for young fans, makes the case for current NBA superstar LeBron James. It backs up that choice with plenty of statistics, engaging quotes and entertaining sidebars. You can be sure it will spark lively discussions among sports-crazy kids.

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc
ISBN: 9781454930983
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 190 x 140 mm

WHAT IS A G.O.A.T?

Most people do not want to be compared to a barnyard animal, but a G.O.A.T is different. These G.O.A.T.s aren’t found in petting zoos, but you can see them on the gridiron, the hardwood, the ice, and the diamond. G.O.A.T. is an acronym that stands for Greatest OAll Time. It takes lifelong dedication, non-stop hard work, and undeniable talent just to become a professional athlete. But to become the greatest of all time, well, that’s nearly impossible. There are a handful of athletes who are widely thought to be the G.O.A.T of their sport. Swimmer Michael Phelps moves like a fish in water, but he is also the G.O.A.T. with 23 Olympic gold medals, the most of all time. Tennis player Serena Williams is the G.O.A.T. with 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, more than any woman or man.

But for some sports, a G.O.A.T is not as easy to identify and fans may disagree. If you asked five baseball lovers who the greatest baseball player of all time is, you might get five different answers. Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Cy Young, Lou Gehrig, or when it’s all said and done, maybe rising young superstar Mike Trout. The G.O.A.T can change depending on who is asked, and what their reasons, or criteria, are. Babe Ruth won seven World Series, had a .342 batting average for his career, and is still in 3rd place all time for home runs, even though he retired over 80 years ago in

1935. Willie Mays did not have the same bat as Ruth, but he is still considered the best defensive player in history. Different players, different achievements, but both still considered the greatest at what they did. Fans will disagree on who the true G.O.A.T. is, but to even be considered, a player must be one of the best to ever live.

Basketball has its own G.O.A.T. debate. Many people think Michael Jordan, the six-time champion who never lost in the NBA Finals, is the best. Some say it’s Wilt Chamberlain, the only player to score 100 points in a game. Others still will say it is no doubt the all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or Bill Russell, who won the most NBA championships ever.. It very well may be that the NBA’s G.O.A.T. is playing right now! At the top of his game is NBA superstar, LeBron “the King” James, basketball’s Greatest Of All Time? Let’s review the evidence to find out!


Welcome to the first teen read in a while. Great for teenagers who are NBA fans, basketball heroes and love the one and only LeBron.

Filled with pictures which take up the entire page and double-spaced paragraphs, this book reads more like an essay than a novel and if I were a parent (which I’m not) I’d still probably buy this book for my kid. It’s informative  on a general level and it’s very easy to read and comprehend. For non-readers it’s interesting enough to give them the sense that they’ve finished a whole book! but for readers it won’t give you more than 30min entertainment.

It’s a good choice for a biography project or for a reader who likes the stats side of sports. For someone who wants to know more about the person behind the player, this just doesn’t get into James’ head in a meaningful way.

I have to admit I was disappointed with this book — heavy on the stats, exhaustive when it comes to achievement within gameplay, almost nothing about LeBron’s commitment to bettering his community through education. The very last page talks about that, and only after talking about the many initiatives put forth by his “rivals” to the G.O.A.T title. There were also multiple typos. I guess if the point of the series is to acknowledge pure athletic performance, then the book makes sense. I feel like it’s a missed opportunity to highlight James’ personal contributions to the world as well.

%d bloggers like this: