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« Reply #135 on: May 17, 2014, 11:09:25 PM »

1. Michael Jordan
2. Bill Russell
3. Magic Johnson
4. Larry Bird
5. Kareem Abdul Jabaar
6. Shaquille O'Neal
7. Tim Duncan
8. LeBron James

9. Wilt Chamberlain
10. Hakeem Olajuwon

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« Reply #136 on: May 17, 2014, 11:12:02 PM »

I can see arguments for the rest but I cannot see a single argument for russell to be that high.
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« Reply #137 on: May 18, 2014, 08:00:48 AM »

I can see arguments for the rest but I cannot see a single argument for russell to be that high.
He's there not because the numbers say he is the 2nd greatest. He's there because he was a winner. 11x time champion!

Pretty sure Bill Simmons has him at #2 also. It isnt crazy. When you're the best player on a title winning team as many times as he was, you deserve to be in the top few players of all-time
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« Reply #138 on: May 18, 2014, 01:34:27 PM »

You have to take into consideration era... or else Wilt would be the greatest of all time without doubt.
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« Reply #139 on: May 18, 2014, 03:25:30 PM »

Yeah we all saw Russell, just like we all saw the Don

He'd be top 5 no doubt, 2? Well, possibly
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« Reply #140 on: May 18, 2014, 08:47:24 PM »

Sometimes greatness just overpower the stat sheet, and that's how I feel about Russell. The dude is just a winner.

Keep in mind that blocks weren't recorded when Russell was playing. People estimate that he would have averaged at least 6 per game.
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« Reply #141 on: May 18, 2014, 10:44:23 PM »

There was also no defensive shot clock so he  could liyterally stand undet the ring for ever.
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« Reply #142 on: June 09, 2014, 03:46:35 PM »

Im on the poker forum 2p2 where the MJ vs LBJ discussion came up.

There is a very known poster there by the name of Bob Voulgaris. http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/15074-high-stakes-poker-player-bob-voulgaris-described-as-world-s-top-nba-gambler

He watches every minute of every game every season. He listed his top 10.

1.MJ/LBJ
2.MJ/LBJ
3.Magic
4.Kareem
5.Shaq
6.Duncan
7.Bird
8.Hakeem
9.Russell
10.Wilt

Goes on to say no one has ever influenced a game like LBJ and that playing the way he did and doing what he did @ the cavs is one of the biggest achievements of all time.

Few other things he pointed out

- MJ did go 1-9 in he playoffs before his 25 year-old season before Pippen arrived.
- Lebron went 36-25 by the same age while carrying a crap team to the finals.
- MJ leaves a team, they lose 2 more games.
- LBJ leaves a team, they lose 42 more games
- 87-88 Jordan is viewed as the greatest season ever, however LBJ's 08-09 season and playoffs is almost identical.
- LBJ vs Detroit and Celtics in the playoffs were 2 of the greatest post season displays.
- LBJ/MJ are singlely the 2 greatest players to ever play the game and no one even comes remotely close to the pair
- LBJ will prob be the greatest ever player if the trend continues, (ie winning and being elite season after season)
- MJ's career is hugely hurt by his 3 retirements. If he continued, it might not be close.


Interesting. I personally don't think LBJ is the 2nd best player of all time, but you can't argue with this guy since he has ever credential. He knows his shower.
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« Reply #143 on: June 09, 2014, 03:49:34 PM »

Interesting he doesn't mention MJ going 6-0 in the finals compared to LeBron 2-2 (about to be 2-3 ;))
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« Reply #144 on: June 09, 2014, 03:57:28 PM »

I follow him on twitter, he is friends with Bill Simmons I think.

He's a pro gambler, makes tons of bets on the NBA, he knows what he is talking about.
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« Reply #145 on: June 09, 2014, 03:59:32 PM »

Yeah, he can look at the bookies lines and bet the profitable ones which is determined pretty quickly.
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« Reply #146 on: June 09, 2014, 04:43:52 PM »

Interesting he doesn't mention MJ going 6-0 in the finals compared to LeBron 2-2 (about to be 2-3 ;))

So what? Jordan has performed better in the NBA Finals than LeBron. That's not the discussion.
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« Reply #147 on: June 09, 2014, 04:47:45 PM »

Interesting he doesn't mention MJ going 6-0 in the finals compared to LeBron 2-2 (about to be 2-3 ;))

So what? Jordan has performed better in the NBA Finals than LeBron. That's not the discussion.
Its a huge part of the discussion...
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« Reply #148 on: June 09, 2014, 04:52:09 PM »

This is what I mean by you taking certain things > others. You have way too much weight towards oh he played better than him in 30 or so games. LeBron was 30-20 in the playoffs while mj was 1-9. What LeBron did with the cavs is > what MJ's 6-0 record. Way to many fans put too much meaning into 6-0. Yes its excellent and elite, but its not the end all.
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« Reply #149 on: June 09, 2014, 05:15:55 PM »

This is what I mean by you taking certain things > others. You have way too much weight towards oh he played better than him in 30 or so games. LeBron was 30-20 in the playoffs while mj was 1-9. What LeBron did with the cavs is > what MJ's 6-0 record. Way to many fans put too much meaning into 6-0. Yes its excellent and elite, but its not the end all.
I think you have to consider that during those years,  MJ was losing to Isiah's Pistons and Bird's Celtics... Sure, LeBron won some playoffs games on a shower team, but Chauncey's Pistons, Pierce's Celtics, Dwight's Magic aren't exactly crazy strong competition like MJ had to go through.
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