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#1 BeeZee

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 12:54 PM

NBA.com: Let's turn to some things going on around the league: Can the Lakers win it all without Andrew Bynum?

Kareem: I think the Lakers have a chance to win it all without Andrew but it's not something they want to think about. They would love to have him on the team, so they can go with their best team. But no one knows what's going to happen in terms of his injury.

NBA.com: How is Bynum progressing?

Kareem: Andrew seems to be in good spirits. He absolutely wants to get out there and play again. I think he has accepted what's happened to him and is patiently waiting for his opportunity to get back out there to do his thing.

NBA.com: What is the major difference in this season's Lakers team and last year's?

Kareem: I think this year's team is certainly more experienced with what they went through in the playoffs last year and it really should be the foundation for them to have a more profound understanding of what it takes to win everything. I expect them to do well in the playoffs.

NBA.com: Shaq is quoted as saying he and Kobe are the best big-man, little-man combo in NBA history. What do you think?

Kareem: He's entitled to think what he thinks. It doesn't really faze me what his thoughts are on that. He has his idea of what his place is in the game. I'm not going to dispute it.

NBA.com: Who is the most overlooked big man in the game today?

Kareem: The big man that I think has been the best of this generation is Tim Duncan. He gets the job done, night in and night out. He's versatile, totally able to do the things his team needs him to do to win. Tim is the leader for the Spurs. He's consistent. He does a number of different things, offensively and defensively. He's a good rebounder. He's also consistent offensively to be a go-to guy -- nothing is lacking in his game. He's very well rounded and very, very consistent.


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Posted March 10, 2009 - 12:57 PM

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:05 PM

In the modern era, the question of who’s the all-time greatest big man in the NBA often starts with Shaquille O’Neal, and then proceeds to include Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. But without ESPN Classic, it’s hard for many young NBA fans to grasp how good the “old school” centers really were.

Today, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on the debate.

On NBA.com, there is an interesting interview with Abdul-Jabbar that starts with commonplace answers surrounding whether the Lakers can win it all without Andrew Bynum and why Tim Duncan (not Shaq) is the greatest big man of this generation. But it’s his thoughts on Shaq’s assessment that he and Kobe are the best big-man, little-man combo in NBA history that sets off some alarms.

NBA.com: Shaq is quoted as saying he and Kobe are the best big-man, little-man combo in NBA history. What do you think?

Kareem: He’s entitled to think what he thinks. It doesn’t really faze me what his thoughts are on that. He has his idea of what his place is in the game. I’m not going to dispute it.


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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:07 PM

Let's wait for Shaq's response.

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:10 PM

"Shaq's arrogance is an insult to people who think"


#6 kobynum

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:20 PM

People often say Shaq would break kareem if they played in the same era, but shaq didnt break "the dream"
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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:28 PM

Well, Shaq was never a defender and Hakeem had tons of moves at the paint, but he can't stop Shaq either...
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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:36 PM

Well, Shaq was never a defender and Hakeem had tons of moves at the paint, but he can't stop Shaq either...

So ultimately it would be a battle of conditioning....I wonder who was in better shape between the Captain and the Big fella
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

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:42 PM

Too related to this
http://lakernation.c...showtopic=13371

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 08:42 PM

People often say Shaq would break kareem if they played in the same era, but shaq didnt break "the dream"

Shaq was in his early 20's in his 3rd year in the league while the Dream was in his prime.

Shaq 28 ppg, 12.5 reb, 6 assists, 2.5 blk, 60% FG
Hakeem 33 ppg, 11.5 reb, 5.5 assists, 2 blk, 2 stl, 48% FG

I wouldn't say 'ownage', especially considering Hakeem had a lower FG%, and Shaq wasn't anywhere near his prime.
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Posted March 10, 2009 - 09:46 PM

I can tell who your favorite player is lakerfool. Shaq is a saint in your eyes, you defend him every chance you get.
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Posted March 10, 2009 - 09:48 PM

I can tell who your favorite player is lakerfool. Shaq is a saint in your eyes, you defend him every chance you get.

Dream definitely didn't own Shaq in those finals though stat-wise

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 09:49 PM

He's right though. Shaq was just new to the NBA at the time Olajuwon was at his prime. You can't really say he got outplayed since their stats weren't that far apart, with the exception that Shaq's team got swept.

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Posted March 10, 2009 - 09:54 PM

This was already posted. :D

http://lakernation.c...showtopic=13371

Edited by BeeZee, March 10, 2009 - 09:54 PM.


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Posted March 10, 2009 - 10:58 PM

I hope Shaq has enough respect for the best Laker big to play in the last half century to sty away from this "discussion".




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