Who are the all-time greats in the sports world that are not only still practicing their crafts, but also dominating in their roles? Who in future years, will you be quick to say, “I saw them…”? Who are not only the best at what they do now, but one can make a strong case that they’re the best of all-time?
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, we would’ve been talking about Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan. A few years ago, we’d discuss Usain Bolt – winning the 100M and 200M at two consecutive Olympics. Crazy!
Now, in 2015, the 3 greatest, living sports legends are Serena Williams, LeBron James and Vin Scully.
Living Legend: Serena Williams
Serena Williams, with 21 Grand Slam single titles, is arguably the best athlete of this generation. Her power and athleticism has taken women’s tennis to new levels. Her serve – which has been clocked at faster than 120 mph – is the most lethal weapon in the game. Coming off her recent Wimbledon win, Williams shows no signs of slowing down. Just one Grand Slam single title short of Steffi Graf, Williams will be looking to add this year’s U.S. Open to her impressive collection of victories. A win will also mean the completion of a calendar year slam.
In addition to Graf, Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova are frequently mentioned in the greatest of all time debate. But for our money, Williams would beat any of them in their prime.
LeBron James: The King
There was no question from his first entry into the NBA that LeBron James was going to be a great player. He has been, and then some. Even in Cleveland’s Finals loss to Golden State, it seems like LeBron’s stock just kept rising. Comparing players from different eras is always tough, but his combination of scoring efficiency, playmaking, defense and rebounding is unique.
At 6′-9″ and 250 pounds, LeBron can play any position. His size, strength and speed make him an incredibly tough match-up. From the get-go, LeBron has always seemed focused on playing the game unselfishly. In so many ways, he makes the players around him that much better. But, when called on to do it himself, he can play that role. From any era, is there any other player you’d rather have to anchor your team?
Vin Scully: Is there anyone better?
At the age of 87 years old, Vin Scully has spent 66 seasons announcing Dodgers’ games. When you hear these words, “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be,” baseball fans know that they’re in for a treat. With his pleasant voice and a lyrical descriptive styling to his call, the game seems to take on a new meaning with Vin Scully.
Vin Scully’s call of Kirk Gibson’s homer in 1988 World Series