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Spencer Haywood, the former Knicks All-Star forward, can’t believe some experts still cling to the idea Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever.

There isn’t a doubt anymore, says Haywood, after LeBron James led the Lakers on Sunday to his fourth NBA title with three different teams while playing in his 10th Finals.

“When he came back to Cleveland the first year, he got to The Finals, (Kyrie Irving) got hurt and he had (Matt) Dellavedova as his second-best player,” Haywood told The Post in a phone interview from his Las Vegas home. “I’m like, c’mon. The guy is the king. That’s his name. His name is King James. We always want to hold onto the old sound. Let’s get some new sound, some new music on the set. This is the new music.”

Promoting his new biography, “The Spencer Haywood Rule” that details his Supreme Court “hardship case” and flamboyant Knicks career during the 1970s, Haywood said this current brand of basketball is on a different level than during Jordan’s 1990s era.

Haywood, now 71, noted James has gone against players “from all over the world,” whereas the overseas influence during the Jordan era was much less.

“LeBron is the evolution of the game,” said Haywood, a Hall of Famer. “You want to look at ‘The GOAT.’ He is ‘The GOAT’ over Michael Jordan. (Jordan) did what he did but the players are now bigger, better, faster.

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“And to win this one in a pandemic, away from your family, putting your life on the line with no one knowing the lasting effect of COVID, LeBron is the real deal. We witnessed greatness, something incredible. You can’t live in the past.”

Haywood, who played for the Knicks from 1975-79, said James launching to the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement adds more gravitas to his career. Haywood was born into indentured servitude in Mississippi.

“(BLM) was on the table in front of him and dealing with it every single day,” Haywood said. “Michael, well that whole period from 1985 to 1997 was nonpolitical. I don’t remember anyone being political.”

When he challenged the NBA’s draft-entry rules and won a 1971 Supreme Court case, Haywood also found himself in a firestorm. The NBA didn’t allow players into the league who weren’t four years removed from high school.

The Players Association is buying Haywood’s books to disperse to their members in order to create awareness of his historic role.

Haywood plans to see if he can get more involved with the Knicks and be a guest speaker at their practices. The Knicks nominated Haywood for the Hall of Fame because the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and the Thunder barely recognizes its Pacific Northwest heritage.

The Knicks’ troubles are deep and Hawyood admits players no longer crave the New York spotlight like they used to in the 1970’s.

“The money is everywhere,” Haywood said. “Back then, we were looking for a big city because all the small-market cities weren’t happening. Boston, New York and Los Angeles, those kind of cities were prominent cities for players to land in. Now you can be in any city. Miami didn’t even have a team and you got no (state income) taxes.”

When Haywood was traded to the Knicks, the franchise was two years removed from their last title. Now the drought has ballooned to 47 years, but Haywood won’t blame owner James Dolan.

“I don’t think it’s the owner as much as the general managers and all the coaching changes,” Haywood said. “This owner pays players and is willing to spend the money. Maybe (Tom) Thibodeau will be a new look.”

Haywood joined the Knicks as a four-time All-Star savior at age 26, but the franchise was running on fumes after winning the 1973 title. Key players such as Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Jerry Lucas retired and others were acting like they were — as the book pointedly notes.

Haywood is quoted in the book saying Walt Frazier “had that thesaurus everywhere he went” and Red Holzman “was done.”

“He didn’t want to coach no more,” Haywood states in the biography. “In terms of really working on defensive strategy? Nah. Just roll them out there and let them play.”

“Bill Bradley was writing his memoirs his last season,’’ Haywood told The Post. “Phil Jackson was prepping for coaching at that time and Walt knew he was going into broadcasting.”

When the Knicks traded for Bob McAdoo, it was eerily similar to the Carmelo Anthony-Amar’e Stoudemire conundrum. The book states Haywood and McAdoo didn’t mesh because they played the same position. Haywood was forced to “sacrifice” at small forward.

Haywood admits the best part of his New York experience was meeting and marrying his model wife, Iman.

The 2020 Knicks crew had less talent than Haywood’s Knicks but he actually likes the young players, particularly RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.

“I like the base of the team, but they’re two standout players away,” Haywood said. “How do you get those players? They need to make better relations with the agents to recruit players who want a change. New York still is a great place to play.”