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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:22 PM

Agree?

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RT @HarveyAraton: Here in Miami, LeBron just called Allen Iverson "pound for pound the greatest player ever"


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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:23 PM

Pound for pound can mean a lot of things I guess.

LeBron James will NOT leave the Miami Heat.


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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:25 PM

No. But he is in my eyes, as effective as most players have ever been including LeBron.

 

We know what he did with the Sixers who were just as bad as the Kidd and Bron finals teams, but imagine if he had of joined two of his peers like Kobe and Duncan or  even Paul Pierce and KG, and had a complete team like the Heat have been for their title runs



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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:26 PM

Iverson
Kobe
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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:30 PM

No.



#6 Ven

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Posted October 28, 2013 - 09:45 PM

Pound for pound can mean a lot of things I guess.

 

Exactly, same equivalent in boxing goes currently, but not all time. Besides, while he gets praised as the greatest 'little' guy, people forget how damn good Isiah Thomas was.



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Posted October 28, 2013 - 10:34 PM

For being 165 pounds, probably.


Edited by Majesty, October 28, 2013 - 10:35 PM.

 

I've always liked Steve Blake.

 


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Posted October 29, 2013 - 04:35 AM

Isaiah Thomas, John Stockton and even CP3 are up there, but i'd have to agree with Lebron on this one.

 

AI in his prime was as unstoppable as any in league history and it was incredible that he in 2001 managed to take Eric Snow, Aaron McKie, Tyrone Hill and a 34y/o Mutombo to the Finals, where they met perhaps the strongest team in league history - the Lakers, who only lost once in the playoffs, btw.



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Posted October 29, 2013 - 06:11 AM

He was incredible in his prime.  But his game relied so much on that first step that it was fairly predictable when he slowed a bit, his game would drop off considerably.  The Jordans, Kobes, LeBrons adjust their game as they age.  AI was not able to do that.



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Posted October 29, 2013 - 08:12 AM

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 08:13 AM

That is flat out idiotic.

Uneducated and completely ignorant of history.

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 10:01 AM

That is flat out idiotic.

Uneducated and completely ignorant of history.

How? It's called an opinion.



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Posted October 29, 2013 - 12:11 PM

Here's a differ question, if iverson were in mj's or kobes body, is he the greatest ever? I still say no.

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 02:42 PM

Sure is an opinion, a completely stupid one.

Iverson wouldn't be in the top 30 of all time.

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 04:35 PM

I like iverson, very few players had the fight he had but he's not the best in any way
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Posted October 29, 2013 - 05:04 PM

Nope.



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Posted October 29, 2013 - 11:52 PM

He was incredible in his prime.  But his game relied so much on that first step that it was fairly predictable when he slowed a bit, his game would drop off considerably.  The Jordans, Kobes, LeBrons adjust their game as they age.  AI was not able to do that.

 


LOL.



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 12:19 AM

^

 

Agreed once that athleticism and begin begin to halt, he is gonna take a big dive. His game is nowhere near refined given his style of play.


Edited by Ven, October 30, 2013 - 12:20 AM.


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Posted October 30, 2013 - 12:30 AM

In Iverson's ultimate prime, at his very best, you could argue he's a top 10 player of all time.  But, that didn't last long enough...and when you then consider the durability issues, the longevity he failed to display, chemistry issues, no defense, and other things that really took a toll on his legacy over the COURSE of his career...and that's what hurts him.

 

However, LeBron is building up the Sixers' home opener, versus the Heat...because that's when Allen Iverson is having his retirement ceremony.



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 12:54 AM

However, LeBron is building up the Sixers' home opener, versus the Heat...because that's when Allen Iverson is having his retirement ceremony.

 

I hadn't even taken that into account. As for the Iverson legacy, in some ways you can argue he left somewhat of a negative legacy as far as influence, all about flash, crossovers, 'get mine' with little regard to teamwork or defense. I won't even get into the 'urban culture' bit, call it what you want though I guess.

 

I am not gonna lie, I liked the style because it was flashy and since he was 6'0 it made fans think they had a chance of pulling it off, but that was about it, a far cry from being proclaimed pound for pound greatest. I really do wonder how much boxing Lebron knows about to realize a statement like that is idiotic. Although giving weight classes to NBA players and splitting them, then maybe.






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