'Can you do it for a decade?' -- Tiger Woods explains how he defines greatness in reference to LeBron James

Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesTiger Woods explained that when it comes to defining greatness, it all came down to how long you can stay dominating your sport.
  • Tiger Woods, with 14 major championships and 79 wins in his PGA career, is easily one of the greatest athletes of all time.
  • Ahead of The Players Championship, Woods was asked to define greatness in reference to LeBron James, who is currently going through a similar streak of dominating performances.
  • Woods said that greatness all came from how long you could continue to dominate.

With 14 major championships to his name, and 79 overall wins on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods knows a thing or two about greatness.

During a press conference ahead of The Players Championship, Woods was asked to describe the nature of greatness, as it related to LeBron James, who is once again in the midst of a dominant performance against a league full of the best basketball players in the world.

Woods said that greatness came from many things, but insisted that the most crucial factor was time – how long a particular athlete can stay at the top.

“First of all, I think that being great is doing something no one can do. But also what separates those people, the ones you mentioned like LeBron or like what I’m thinking with M.J. or Gretzky, it’s just the duration,” Woods said. “Being able to do it not just for one year or one game or a little spell, they’re able to do it for a number of years and accumulate highlights that we will always look at. They’re peppered in our memories.”

“You know, to dominate is one thing,” Woods continued. “Every player out here can have one good week and blow away the field. OK, great. Now can you do it for a month? Can you do it for a year? Now can you do it for a decade, do it for a decade-plus? And then you start separating what is truly great.”

“In our sport, there’s been a few guys who have had runs where they have lasted for well over a decade into two, and that’s what separates greatness. And what LeBron has done for what, 15 seasons now? It’s just remarkable.”

You can watch a clip of Woods’ response below.

Woods may not maintain the dominance that he had back in his prime, but for the better part of a decade, no athlete was more feared in any sport.

Since Woods’ fall from the top of golf, that title has likely ceded to James, who is currently just four wins away from his eighth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals.

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