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#1 BeeZee

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 12:14 PM

The Suns play the Lakers tonight, so it's time to renew the decade's best ongoing drama: Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. One recent twist had Shaq declaring, "I was part of the greatest one-two punch in Lakers history. Hopefully they still remember that."

Which brings up an interesting question: Is The Big Aristotle speaking truth?

Together, Shaq and Kobe were three-time champions with the Lakers. Apart, each has been the centerpiece of contending teams -- though never quite as successful as when they were the league's best tag-team combo.

But the competition is stiff: Has any team had more two-man combinations of all-time great players than the Lakers? Even the Celtics, for all their storied success, would have trouble coming up with a single pairing that would crack the Lakers' top four (save the hate mail 'til you see the list, Bostonians -- it's true).

Perhaps that's why this franchise has played in a league-record 29 NBA Finals and could make it 30 this spring -- they've almost always had at least one all-time great in the lineup, and most of the time they've had two.


http://sports.espn.g...=PERDiem-090226

If you guys don't feel like reading it, his Top 5:

5. George Mikan and Jim Pollard (1948-1954)
4. Elgin Baylor and Jerry West (1960-72)
3. Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain (1968-73)
2. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (1996-2004)
1. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1979-89)


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#2 GCMD

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 12:31 PM

First Hollinger article that makes sense. I don't agree with him discounting Worthy's importance to the Magic-Kareem success but other than that, it's pretty fair.

#3 Makaveli

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 12:35 PM

Magic & Kareem.. very very close, but behind them are Kobe & Shaq.

#4 fido

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 12:44 PM

Please don't make me agree with Hollinger again.

His top 5 are in perfect order.

If Worthy was on any other team he would've been on a Magic, Michael and Larry kind of superstar level.

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 01:41 PM

Please don't make me agree with Hollinger again.

His top 5 are in perfect order.

If Worthy was on any other team he would've been on a Magic, Michael and Larry kind of superstar level.



Put Worthy on the 3-Peat Lakers team and they would have won 3 more...easily.

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 03:58 PM

Absotutely!

#7 daco_inc

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 04:02 PM

First Hollinger article that makes sense. I don't agree with him discounting Worthy's importance to the Magic-Kareem success but other than that, it's pretty fair.

That's because he doesn't mention PER once.

#8 JEN

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 05:15 PM

Could it beee?

:nervous:

Finally an article by Hollinger that is actually worth reading to me??

But other than that, I would've placed Kobe and Shaq as #1 on the list. List is all good tho

Edited by JenFlowDesignz, February 26, 2009 - 05:15 PM.


#9 kobynum

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 06:28 PM

Please don't make me agree with Hollinger again.

His top 5 are in perfect order.

If Worthy was on any other team he would've been on a Magic, Michael and Larry kind of superstar level.

he would have been what? Im sorry but he would not have been that good. More like dominique Wilkins or Clyde drexler

Put Worthy on the 3-Peat Lakers team and they would have won 3 more...easily.

that can be argued, but he wasnt Larry, Micheal, or THE GREAT ONE
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

#10 elpermic

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Posted February 26, 2009 - 07:41 PM

The greatest article by Hollinger up to date. His top 5 duos are in the right exact order, no doubt about it.

What I didn't like about it was how he didn't mention Worthy's help during those days, they did need Worthy. I might have a bias since he's my favorite player, but you can't deny the Lakers needed him.

I'd plow Vanessa Bryant.


#11 lyk13

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Posted February 27, 2009 - 01:43 AM

LOL Hollinger saved himself some Laker fan love for once.....I kinda agree with the 5.




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Posted February 27, 2009 - 02:13 AM

Hopefully more to come in the future. :)

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Posted February 27, 2009 - 02:17 AM

Hopefully more to come in the future. :)


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Posted February 27, 2009 - 02:19 AM

There's many things that could happen. Even a new unsuspecting player may be apart of it. Lakers live forever.

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Posted February 27, 2009 - 02:20 AM

Hopefully more to come in the future. :)




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