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#1 Tensai

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Posted August 03, 2018 - 10:04 PM

‘The reason there is no such thing as the GOAT is because every player plays under unique circumstances’

 

By Marc J. Spears

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired from the NBA almost 30 years ago and has often been regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.

 

Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion as a player. The inventor of the skyhook also is a six-time NBA MVP, a 19-time All-Star, an 11-time All-Defensive team selection and a 15-time All-NBA selection.

 

In the 1990s, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan played his way into the GOAT (greatest of all time) conversation. And in recent years, three-time NBA champion LeBron James entered the discussion, with Abdul-Jabbar often forgotten.

 

Abdul-Jabbar has some thoughts on the GOAT debate.

 

These GOAT discussions are fun distractions while sitting around waiting for the pizza to be served,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Undefeated. “But they’re on a par with ‘Which superpower would you want most: flight or invisibility?’ Whether I’m included or not in anyone’s list doesn’t matter. I played my hardest and I helped my teammates. That’s the most important thing I walked away with.

 

“The reason there is no such thing as the GOAT is because every player plays under unique circumstances. We played different positions, under different rules, with different teammates, with different coaches. Every player has to adapt to their circumstances and find a way to excel. This isn’t Highlander. There can be more than one.”

 

Read more on: https://theundefeate...ing-the-lakers/

 

It is a classic Kareem interview with a few nuggets in it.

 

 

 


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Posted August 03, 2018 - 10:08 PM

I agree.


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#3 kball

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Posted August 04, 2018 - 05:31 AM

This is why he's in my top 3 tier in that other thread along w those 2.

 

BTW i watched that show from 2006 of Larry Bird's 50 best plays to celebrate his then 50th birthday. Strongly recommended to anyone wanting to see some exquisite lightning quick unparalleled decision making.

 

Its why he's up their as one of my favorites all time even though i hated the mofo as i was living through sports greatest rivalry at the time and maybe all time.

 

BTW for any old timers here...LeBron has ALREADY played more seasons than Bird and he's still going strong.

 

And now he's our guy!

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Posted August 04, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Bird at his best better than Bron imo.
He was essentially Bron with a shot.
Not the athleticism obviously just the trip dub forward

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Posted August 04, 2018 - 04:59 PM

Bird at his best better than Bron imo.
He was essentially Bron with a shot.
Not the athleticism obviously just the trip dub forward

 

I grew up watching Bird.  LeBron is not quite as polished but Bird was NEVER as dominant as LeBron.

 

 


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Posted August 04, 2018 - 07:28 PM

But in those days it wasn't about individual dominance. But what was Bird's best games? I bet his best 10 performances and LeBron's best ten performances are right there with 1 another.

I like the all time 2nd team better than the consensus all time first team.

You can have
Magic
MJ
Bron
Timmy
Kareem

I get Stockton or West or Kidd or Isiah or ...
Kobe
Bird
Karl or Chuck or KG
Shaq or Wilt or Bill R.

West
Kobe
Bird
KG
Russell

I love that team.

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Posted August 05, 2018 - 04:15 PM

But in those days it wasn't about individual dominance. But what was Bird's best games? I bet his best 10 performances and LeBron's best ten performances are right there with 1 another.

I like the all time 2nd team better than the consensus all time first team.

You can have
Magic
MJ
Bron
Timmy
Kareem

I get Stockton or West or Kidd or Isiah or ...
Kobe
Bird
Karl or Chuck or KG
Shaq or Wilt or Bill R.

West
Kobe
Bird
KG
Russell

I love that team.

 

I agree that basketball has gone away from the essence of the sport but I don't think that has any bearing on what we're discussing.  I based my opinion on their talent, not the things that are affected by eras.

 

And Bird was as cold-blooded as they come.  He was a guy that could and would drop 40 on you any given night.  He wasn't just about passing.  He averaged 24ppg...he had 3 seasons over 28ppg...

 

For reference, Kobe averaged 25ppg for his career...


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Posted August 06, 2018 - 08:43 AM

this goat debater has always been stupid


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