Doesn't an emphasis on team speak to LeBrons submission, tho? The GOAT issue came about because, for the first time there was an undisputed GREATEST player to ever play the game. Of course that becomes a bedrock part of the conversation. Nobody gets too worked up about Gretzky being the Hockey GOAT - its just accepted. Same goes for Ali (at least, as far as most decent thinking people go). Jordan elevated himself to that rarefied air in a manner that suggested his body of work could never be approached.
Kobe chasing that impossible standard was absolutely a narrative - and one of the best in sports history. Kobe's greatness is kind of undersold by dismissing the GOAT as a topic of conversation, because his entire career was dedicated to chasing that, even though it was plainly an impossible task.
But LeBron is chasing that title from an entirely different angle. Its fascinating and worth talking about (imo).
Positional GOATs? That's dope. I think everyone has a defensible Top 15-20 in their head at any one time that can fill the slots. One of the most entertaining debates to be had is who was the GOAT PF of the 2000s? Clearly it goes to Duncan. But he also played a a lot of Center, so then we get to the Dirk or KG debate. Which is always worth having.
Where does D-Wade fall in the Historical SG category? I always take the chance to argue his prime was juiced, and tied more to the perimeter rule changes of 2005-2007, more than anyone (except maybe Steve Nash).
But as far as GOAT flops go: