No. The funny part is you took all that time to GOOGLE STATS on a general statement. I just threw an example out there and your life is so full that you had to BLOG a novel. By the way, most teams played a running style of offense back then. (kind of like Nash did his whole career) Skinny guys are able to do that. Muscle bound freaks need pick and roll to catch their breath. Young man these are things you can't GOOGLE. Kareem was a 225lb 7'2" guy. Magic was 6'8" 215 lb point guard. Teams ran which is why the scores were high. The rules were different also, none of this semi zone crap that lowers score substantially these days. (thanks to Shaq) Three pointers were not shot as often. It was kind of new in the early 80's. Shooters overall back then were better. Do you know why you hear announcers these days say "the lost art of the mid range game",?? because guys these days can't shoot like guys back then. Dunks, Crossovers and 3 pointers are practiced more than anything. But again, I'm sure you'll google some stat that will state three point shooters these days are better Blah Blah Blah. Google on young man, my memory doesn't fail. Euro players flooded the league and made teams due to the ability to shoot, not dunk or crossover. (not to mentions the Billions of dollars international players generate) All I was stating is if you have the green light and you shoot the ball 25 times, your night and numbers will look good. Most guys don't have the green light as Kobe, Lebron, or Jordan did. If Tristan Thomas had some of Kobe's shot selection his ass would be riding the bench for a long time. On the other hand if Dwayne Wade didn't have the Green Light he wouldn't be as great as he is
So...what was your point? Your statement was that anyone can put up 26 shots a night, on 45% FG or better, and play 40 minutes and do what Kobe and Mike do. Then you tell me that KAJ won an MVP in the 1985 Finals.
Why did he win the Finals MVP in 1985? Ah, because of his scoring (those are stats, by the way).
Magic Johnson: 18.3 PPG (49.4% FG), 6.8 RPG, 14.0 APG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 25.7 PPG (60.4% FG), 9 RPG, 5.2 APG
James Worthy: 23.7 PPG (56.4% FG), 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG
Of course, that was back when anyone COULD score 30 on any given night. Since you're so much older than me (I'll be 30 next month), I'm sure you saw the scores for those games.
GM1: Celtics 148, Lakers 114
GM2: Lakers 109, Celtics 102
GM3: Lakers 136, Celtics 111
GM4: Celtics 107, Lakers 105
GM5: Lakers 120, Celtics 111
GM6: Lakers 111, Celtics 100
The funny thing about the era that you praise so much is that defense was highly overrated. In 1985, after the first round...there were 36 playoff games played...and JUST FIVE instances of a single team notching under 100 points. Five...that's it.
Finals MVP is based on statistics, so we're going to do some work.
20.2 PPG (53.4% FG), 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG
That's Kareem's statline in every 1985 playoff game ASIDE from the NBA Finals. Looks like something a 2014 Pau Gasol would put up, huh?
The best part is, few saw that series. I did, though, thanks to my cousin and VHS tapes...don't worry. Kareem came out and laid an egg against Boston in the first game, when LA simply had their asses kicked in one of the two greatest games in Boston Celtics history (the other being in 2008, against us), and the Celtics figured they'd turn down the defensive pressure on him. At one point, Kareem drove the entire length of the court, off his own rebound, and hit a sky hook. Yes, Kareem, at 38...and the Celtics acted like spectators during the sequence.
Now, if you want to look away from numbers...Kareem doesn't get that Finals MVP award if Larry Bird didn't have a busted hand from a bar fight, sadly, because Bird and the Celtics would've defeated the Lakers. Spit what you want, but it's the truth. After his bar fight with that Boston bartender, Bird's shooting was so inconsistent, the Celtics were scrambling to find ways to defeat the Pistons, and it took Scott Wedman's big Game 6 (who came out of nowhere for them, after exiting his prime) to get it done.
This Boston team relied heavily on Bird. McHale was the sixth man of the year in 1985, after replacing Cedric Maxwell (who won the Finals MVP for the club in the 1981 Finals, lol), surely not the best PF in the league just yet (which he later became). Bird was coming off a 1984 Finals MVP award, had a busted hand in 1985, then led his Celtics to a championship (and the 1986 Finals MVP award) after he healed up...as the Lakers lost to the Rockets, and Kareem shot under 50%, pulled down less than 7 boards a night against Hakeem (who was clearly better...he dumped 31 PPG and 11 RPG on Kareem that series).
Bird was, hands down, the best player in the NBA in 1985. He was better than Magic, better than Michael (despite the incredible rookie season), and he was better than any other player you can name that year. His 29/11/7 on 52% FG will go down as one of the most underrated performances in history, and it was because of his busted hand midway through the playoffs. Boston three-peats without the injury.
You know why Kareem apologized to his teammates after Game 1? He damn well KNEW he should've done better against Parish. Boston's big man wasn't as great, defensively, as he was earlier in his career, and he didn't have the base to hold Kareem. He didn't have the elevation to contest the sky hook (nobody could block it, aside from Wilt, but players like Hakeem contested it incredibly well, and KAJ admitted this). Magic also knew he needed to get the ball down low to Kareem, and they fed him all series long, after that awful Game 1...and Boston played along, stupidly, because they were too afraid of Magic and Worthy. In fact, wasn't this Worthy's coming-out party? His three best playoff games that year...were all against Boston (28, 29, and 33-point games that proved he was a force to be reckoned with). His Game 6 made up for Magic's craptastic shooting performance, and nearly matched what Kareem did.
So let's go back to your statement. If anyone can shoot 26+ times, 45% or better, drop 30 points (or whatever you stated), play 40+ minutes...then anyone can do what Kareem did in 1985. In fact, he had two games of 30+ points in the playoffs...both against Boston. One, he shot 26 shots to get (ironically), and the other, 28 shots...both playing 40+ minutes.
You know what, though? Congrats...you found something Jordan didn't do. Kareem won a Finals MVP award at 38 years old. As I mentioned earlier, Cedric Maxwell won the Finals MVP for Boston in 1981 (over Bird). Tony Parker won a Finals MVP over Duncan. Chauncey Billups won it in 2004.
Here's what's important, though: Magic won the award in 1980 and 1982. He won it in 1987, also. Worthy won it in 1988. Kareem won six rings...and two Finals MVP awards. Kind of sounds like Kobe Bryant, more than Michael...a guy who was clearly the #1 on his team, the sole #1, every championship ring he put on his finger.
So I'll ask again...what was your point? KAJ had FOUR impressive NBA Finals games in 1985. It landed him the Finals MVP. Magic orchestrated it...and it was ALWAYS that way, since 1980. Stick an uninjured Bird into the equation, and the series never makes it to Game 6. Do you actually believe that Cooper's defense stopped Bird, like most of those Lakers homers back then? Did Bird not prove he could TOAST Coop in the regular season road game against the Lakers that year, when he made Cooper look like a D-Leaguer? Did he not toy with Cooper in the game at Boston, scoring for half the game, then playing facilitator and smiling as he dished the ball to DJ and Ainge everywhere on the floor? You think the best player in the NBA, if healthy for that series, was going to lay down to the Lakers?
Maybe numbers do lie. Kareem was Finals MVP because of his numbers, but Magic ran the show, and if it wasn't for him and Worthy, Kareem would have retired with three championships. Real talk. And truthfully, the star-studded Showtime Lakers are extremely lucky that Portland didn't draft Jordan, because a Jordan/Drexler/Kiki trio would have taken them to seven games in 1985 and won the Finals in 1987 and 1988. It was unfortunate that MJ had to bust his ass, all by himself, for the first 6-7 years of his career...instead of walking into a team with Kareem, Jamaal Wilkes, and Norm Nixon (two HOF'ers, all three in the prime of their careers) in 1979.