Deadline Day Deals

Several deals went down today, and although none were of the blockbuster variety they all count. The first deal is…

Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns

1. Sebastian Telfair to Toronto for Hamed Haddadi.

This trade isn’t really significant at all, the goal of this trade was primarily to clear more room for Kendall Marshall in Phoenix. He hasn’t got time in Phoenix and now that Telfair is gone he gets more room to backup Dragic. Apparently Telfair is good friends with Gay, Anderson and Lucas III in Toronto so it’s not like Telfair is dreading going to Toronto.

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2. Ronnie Brewer to OKC for future second round pick. Then They Pick Up Kenyon Martin for 10 Day-Contract.

I’m a Knicks fan at heart and this trade really doesn’t bother me. They had a 15-man roster and now they cleared a spot for Kenyon Martin who they just offered a 10 day contract. He has played with J.R, Kidd, and Melo previously in his career and will fit in great in the Knicks rotation now that Camby and Sheed are out. Also, he wasn’t getting time now that Shumpert is back, it also gives more future room for a guy like Copeland who shows flashes of potential. For OKC, Ronnie Brewer fits right in to their culture. He’s a defensive stopper on the perimeter and will probably get some time off the bench as a backup 3 in OKC. He wasn’t getting time in New York so I think this trade is best for him.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards

3. Jordan Crawford to Boston for Leonardo Barbosa and Jason Collins

I like this trade for both teams, for Boston they beef up their backcourt, which at the moment only consists of Lee, Terry and Bradley. They get some youth to their team in a guy who can score in many different ways, and provides them with another asset for the future. The Wizards trade Crawford who probably wasn’t in their future plans as an organization. It gives more room to Beal who they think will become a star in a few years, they also take on two expiring contracts. They have a total of 6 expiring contracts this year, which puts them in great position to pick up a free agent in the future summers. Maybe someone like Josh Smith who will be a free agent this summer.

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4. Dexter Pittman to Memphis for 2nd round pick.

This trade is very similar to the Knicks – OKC trade. The Heat clear a roster spot for a free agent, who they were hoping would be Kenyon Martin but now that he’s agreed to a 10 day contract the trade was simply getting rid of a useless contract.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder

5. Eric Maynor to Portland for Trade Exception

First, a quick definition of a trade exception for those who don’t know, courtesy of the NBA.

“If a team trades away a player with a higher salary than the player they acquire in return (call this initial deal “Trade #1”), they receive what is called a Traded Player Exception, also known colloquially as a “Trade Exception”. Teams with a trade exception have up to a year in which they can acquire more salary in other trades (Trade #2, #3, etc.) than they send away, as long as the gulf in salaries for Trade #2, #3, etc. are less than or equal to the difference in salary for Trade #1.”

I think Portland is the biggest winner of the trade deadline deals. Eric Maynor is highly underrated, and will fit in great behind Lillard in Portland. Portland also beefs up their bench a little, which has been extremely weak this season. They really didn’t have a consistent backup point guard and now they do. The Thunder want to win-now and Reggie Jackson has been playing well of late, so unfortunately they felt like it couldn’t hurt to relieve themselves of Maynor and his contract.

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6. Reddick, Ish Smith, Gustavo Ayon to Milwaukee for Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih.

I really like this trade for the Bucks. J.J. Reddick is one of the best shooters in the league and is averaging a career high in points with 15 this season. He can be a great scoring punch off the bench for Milwaukee, who not only has trouble scoring but needs shooters. They also get Ish Smith, who is an underrated back up point guard that shouldn’t be looked over in this trade. Gustavo Ayon is just another big body. The Magic did ok getting value back for him. They are obviously in the midst of their rebuilding project and an expiring contract in Udrih and two young bloods in Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb are nice assets to a team starting over.

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7. Anthony Morrow for Dahntay Jones

I like this trade for the Mavericks more so than the Hawks. I think the Hawks didn’t necessarily need Morrow because of all the other shooters on the team like Korver, Jenkins and Lou Williams. However, I think he was probably an upgrade over Jones, whose identity is a defensive stopper but he hasn’t played too well this season. I think the Mavericks lucked out with Morrow, he’s a guy who can light it up quickly and is one of the best 3 point spot shooters in the league. The Mavericks need any spark they can get so Morrow – although small, is a good pickup. Additionally, the Mavericks clearly want to go for Dwight this summer and surrounding him with a roster of shooters will help them bring him in.

Dallas Mavericks v Orlando Magic

8. Josh McRoberts for Hakim Warrick

I like this trade for the Suns a lot more than the Magic. Both guys are somewhat equal in terms of production on the court, and both teams – the Suns and Magic are looking for young talent to start building around. The Magic had McRoberts on his last year of his contract for 3 million. They could’ve let him walk this offseason and cleared some more space. Instead they trade for Warrick, a guy of equal talent but who is getting paid about 8 million over the next two seasons. Just not a wonderful idea by the Magic.

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9. Warriors send Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and Charles Jenkins to Philly.

These trades were simply to get the Warriors under the luxury tax line and they did so successfully by cutting about a combined 1.5 million from their payroll and getting under the luxury tax line by about 300,000 dollars. That’s efficient general managing right there.

Celtics vs Heat Series Preview

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I’m really excited about this series. It’s going to get extremely gritty and intense and I can’t wait. For me, this series will be tough for both teams to win. In terms of game 1, I think the Heat will take this one. Not only because they’re at home but because the old and veteran Celtics just finished their series with Philadelphia two days ago. They grinded it out in 7 games and right now they must be exhausted. I don’t think they will be ready for the explosiveness and fast-breaking pace of the Heat right out of the gate. In terms of the series as a whole it should go down to 6 probably 7 games. If I were the Celtics I would be relatively worried about the Heat right now. They play just as good defense as the Pacers and the Pacers are quicker and even they couldn’t stop Lebron and Dwyane Wade from sheer dominance in the last three games. The two superstars are feeling it, especially Wade who is playing some of his best basketball of all season. They got the Heat at the wrong time. I’m just wondering if the Pacers couldn’t keep Lebron and Wade to under 25 points, then how will the Celtics be able to? The Celtics, a team who don’t matchup as well with the Heat and aren’t as quick along the perimeter. If Lebron and Wade continue to score 30-40 ppg then the series is over because when those two are playing like that and working together they are the best team in the NBA. The Celtics have to limit their turnovers, because if you choke up the ball too much to Miami they will eat you alive. The Celtics also have to take advantage of KG down low. He’s been playing amazing basketball of late, while carrying the Celtics offensively. Nobody can guard him on the Heat, he should isolate a lot down on the block and definitely get his usual  free throw line jump shot on the pick and roll. For KG, he even might get a few straight line drives because one pump fake off the pick and roll against a slower defender he can get straight to the basket. The Heat have to take advantage of Dwyane Wade. He is playing the best basketball he’s played all season and now since Avery Bradley is out of the picture, he’ll have Ray Allen guarding him. Ray Allen is not only slower but Wade won’t exactly have to do much to break Ray’s ankles either. They have to take advantage of that matchup because if he can get Ray into trouble then there goes their 6th man early and that takes away a lot of the Celtic offense and disables them to spread the floor like they love to do. Then the simple thing has to happen, the bench has to get involved. Like Shane Battier, Mike Miller, they have to make their open threes to take some pressure of the usual suspects. They need Mario Chalmers to be more agressive to the hole and then they should be fine, because their team defense is unbelievable. All in all, I think the Heat are destined for the finals once again because they’re the Heat, because their superstars are playing the best basketball in the world right now and because they’re younger, quicker and their best players outmatch the Celtics offensively. I’ll go Heat in 7.

Problems in Knick World

If anybody thought the Knicks were going to instantly be a better team, they were wrong. They lost a big lead to Boston and only won because of lucky shots made by Melo. Tonight’s game against Golden State is atrocious. Winning by 8 points in the first half, then losing by 15 in the second. It’s all due to the lack of defense for 48 minutes. A common story in Knick world. Then there is their awful offense. I can’t believe I’d be saying this about a Mike D’antoni team but they can’t do a thing on the offensive end. When Amar’e and Melo aren’t scoring, like tonight, the Knicks have absolutely nothing. They have no flow, they have no playmakers with the ball. They have no passers and they look stagnant. They aren’t going to achieve any of the high expectations or goals set for themselves if they continue to play like this. Their offense cannot revolve solely around two players. They will get you 20 or so but then what? You’re stuck with Bibby shooting an old jump shot, and Bill Walker and Toney Douglas throwing up poor threes.

I realize these two games are just two out of a 66 game season. However, this game really shows the Knicks’ true colors. When their stars aren’t producing then this team is nothing. In a compressed season, they can’t count on two players to score for the whole team, or one player to defend for the whole team. They desperately need Iman Shumpert back, they need Baron Davis to distribute and they need an overall change of attitude. And culture. Ring a bell?

 

Where Will CP3 End Up?

It seems like CP3 is the one superstar that won’t have control over his new destination.

The New Orleans Hornets owners are the NBA. Throughout, the collective bargaining discussions the owners were pushing for a league where superstars couldn’t hop up and meet friends and create a super team. For example, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. So it makes sense that they would prevent a trade that could put the best shooting guard and best point guard in the NBA on the same team. CP3 has no leverage on his team, his request means nothing when the owners can deny everything.

With that said, all dreams of CP3, Melo and Amar’e playing together have been shut down when the Knicks added Tyson Chandler. And dreams of playing with another superstar seems impossible when the owners main goal is to give every team an equal chance at a championship. So where do we go from here? Well, the relationship right now between Chris Paul and the Hornets can be described as awkward, tense, or any other word that relates. The Hornets are aware that Paul wants out, and they know he will leave come summer time. They are going to try and trade him away. Yesterday, the NBA vetoed the proposed trade that would’ve sent Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola to New Orleans from Houston. Lamar Odom to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to the Rockets. The Lakers would also receive a 1st round pick from the Knicks via the Rockets. And the man in the middle of all of this Chris Paul to the Lakers.

The owners in some ways had been quite manipulative when this trade was being put together. The Hornets kept the owners involved throughout the whole process. Everything got the ok, which it was why it was a huge surprise to the Hornets and everybody involved when this trade was vetoed. Everyone is stunned.

Where do we go from here? Well, according to NBA.com,  A source directly involved in the negotiations told TNT’s David Aldridge Friday that progress had been made in a potential trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the trade was not expected to be completed Friday and could have several more incarnations before being completed, if it is completed at all. Through my eyes, this trade will go through. If the owners are worried about small market teams losing their stars, then they are making the wrong decision. I can see no other trade that would benefit the Hornets more. They would receive the reigning 6th man of the year and Pau Gasol the man who turned a 42-40 Lakers team in 2007 to a two time NBA championship winner in the past 4 years. For the Hornets as an organisation, who will most likely lose David West to the Celtics, desperately need big men to fill the middle. This trade will benefit them for the future, and they could easily be the best team to lose a superstar.

We’ll just have to see now if the owners will budge, and let CP3 go to Hollywood?

Here We Go Again

The NBA is on it’s way, which means the trade rumours have already arrived. The curtain has dropped. The spotlight is on. The show has began. And with the show comes the drama.

Dallas Ditching Chandler?

On the first day that free agent contracts could be discussed, Tyson Chandler took away one thing from the day. He was getting traded. “I really think I’m going to be on a new team come training camp,” Chandler told ESPN.com on Wednesday. He believes Dallas won’t offer him the long term extension that he deserves. And he does deserve it. For three years in a row the Dallas Mavericks were 1st round dropouts. Disappointments to their city and to the NBA. But when Tyson Chandler came to town he changed the whole team. He brought height, he brought hustle and most of all motivated the team to play defense. It’s no coincidence that last year the Dallas Mavericks were 7th in points allowed per 100 posessions in 2010-2011 and were 12th, 15th and 17th the three years before that. He provided them with an inside presence in the finals and deserves a contract. His biggest worry is that Dallas may sign Nene over him. Nene and him are the two most coveted free agents this year.

Nene Fever:

The big man on the free agent campus this year is Nene. Teams from all over the league have shown interest in him. Dallas, Golden State, New Jersey, Denver, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles (Clippers) and Portland were all teams who made contact with Nene’s agent on Wednesday. A perfect fit for Nene would be teams lacking an inside presence. Teams like Golden State, Denver and Houston. The Nets have shown interest in Nene due to Deron Williams’ statements that he would be far less inclined to re-sign a long-term deal with the Nets if they don’t immediately improve their roster.

Ron Artest…. I mean Metta World Peace:

It has been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers may waive Ron Artest….. I mean Metta World Peace’s over-priced contract. Although, the small forward is one of the best defenders in the league and filling the void later with other players is very difficult considering the type of defender he is. On the offensive side, he is in decline. Last season he averaged 8.5 points and it’s clear that his age may be taking a toll on his body and his speed. He doesn’t have the strength he once had (and I might regret this) but he’s become a  liability on offense. Letting go of his 3 year 21.5 million dollar contract would be a relief, causing the Lakers to save up to 27 million dollars in taxes and salary through 2013-2014.

Hollywood Wants Superman:

A minute doesn’t go by when we don’t wonder how many championships Shaq and Kobe could’ve won together had their problems not gotten in the way. Finally, years later Superman may be coming back to Hollywood. Not the one who has the superman logo on his bed. The one who wore the cape during his slam dunk performance. Jim Buss has said that he would trade Andrew Bynum “for the right deal.” The right deal or the deal that involves Dwight Howard? But Andrew Bynum may not be what the Magic are looking for in a replacement for Dwight and rumour has it that Andrew Bogut would be a better fit for them. I disagree but a three team deal has been circling, sending Dwight to the Lakers, Bogut to the Magic and Bynum to the Bucks. The Clippers also seem willing to do whatever it takes for Dwight. The Clippers have tons of young depth with players like Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Al-Farouq Aminu and can provide more assets in a trade with the Magic. Although, Dwight and Kobe together may look like a championship on paper. In reality they wouldn’t gel. Dwight loves the ball down in the post, he takes it in all day. And why wouldn’t you when you’re the most dominant player in the NBA. Then there is Kobe, who loves the ball on the perimeter and taking it to the hole. They are both types of players who demand the spotlight and I can’t see it working out.

Blazers and Brandon Roy:

A source had said that the TrailBlazers had waived Roy but team president Larry Miller firmly stated that, ”We have not, and regardless of what’s been said by John Canzano and others out there, (made a) decision on amnesty as of yet,” On January 17th of last season Brandon Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees. He returned to the lineup on February 25th and scored 18 points off the bench. The rest of the season was a quiet one for Roy, he came off the bench for the whole season and averaged 12.5 points as supposed to his career average of 19 points a game. His future looked grim, until the playoffs came around and  Portland needed someone to step up. Brandon Roy came off the bench in Game 3 against the Mavericks and scored 16 points in 23 minutes. Larry Miller added, ”With everything that Brandon has done for this organization, there’s no way we would make a decision like that without having conversation with him, without evaluating where he is.” I wouldn’t give up on Roy yet, his knees may let him down at times but he showed that in big situations he can shine. He knows how to win and he is a valuable piece on any team.

Celtics Discussing Rondo Trades:

Just to be clear, the Celtics don’t want to get rid of Rondo. He is the future of their organisation and will be their saviour once Pierce, Allen and Garnett are gone. However, the Celtics are exploring options in exchange for Rondo. Danny Ainge said, “I don’t make any comments on trade rumors. I’m just not commenting on any of it. Everybody knows how valuable Rondo is to our team. I’ll talk to Rondo, but I don’t want to talk about it publicly.” I sense insecurity in the Celtics front office. They realise that their Big Three aren’t big news anymore, they are getting older and soon they won’t be able to compete with the up and coming talent in the league. Additionally, they realise Rondo isn’t the best Point Guard out there and it makes sense for them to get better. Rumours have circulated that a Rondo for Paul deal may be developing, although they are very vague rumours.

Grizz and Gasol:

After last years semi-breakout season for Marc Gasol teams are showing more interest in him now that he’s a free agent. He provided Memphis with defense, hustle and a quick inside presence that Tim Duncan and the 1st place Spurs couldn’t handle. The Grizzlies organization have shown interest in keeping him. “Obviously, we want to sit down and try to make a deal with Marc,” Heisley said. “I’m committed to keeping him.” Gasol has made it clear that he would like to return to Memphis this season. However, they may not have enough money to satisfy Gasol after agreeing to contract extensions with Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley. All we know now is that the Grizzlies want Gasol and Gasol wants the Grizzlies. Personally, I would love to see last year’s team come back stronger this year and make it back to the playoffs. Every time they stepped onto the floor, the game was bound to be exciting. They were the most energetic team in the NBA and it was a joy to watch them burst through the playoffs and surprise everybody.

Changes Needed: Miami Heat

After a season of stardom, criticism, and losing the NBA finals, the Miami Heat have some things to think about. Playing against the Mavericks in the NBA finals really took their flaws and put them under the spotlight. There was Lebron’s disability to finish out games and their depth not being able to produce.

I think this offseason the thing they have to focus on most is their roster changes. It was clear that if one or two of the big three wasn’t producing like a superstar, their bench couldn’t hold up their load and stay in the game. They’ve won about 55 of their 58 regular season wins solely on the production of D-Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James. The biggest problem they knew they were up against in the Finals is the monstrous depth of Dallas’ bench. Jason Terry, J.J Barea, Brendon Haywood all contributed greatly to the success of the Mavericks. From J.J making big shots of pick and rolls, to Jason Terry scoring 27 in game 6, to Brendon Haywood protecting the paint from people like Lebron. Often times when Lebron or D-Wade or Bosh sat down for a break, that’s when the game got a bit out of hand, and they started to lose their handle on the game. Then it was too late to get back into it. The Heat need to keep their eye out for productive role players. Ones who know their place on a team and are willing to do that to win. Players like Mario Chalmers. He was the only helpful player besides Haslem off the bench but they need more then that. They need someone they can count on to pour in 10-15 points off the bench. Someone like Shawne Williams from New York or Delonte West from Boston.

Then they need Lebron to start playing like the label he gave himself. A king. Not a scared little boy afraid to get physical in the paint. C’mon Lebron you owe the NBA better then you have given us this year. This summer it’s not his skills or his endurance or his jumpshot that needs refining but it’s his self confidence, his ability to make big plays when they count and his aggressiveness back. In the first 3 rounds of the playoffs he was attacking that basket like a man fighting for his life. He saw the basket, and drove straight to it. That was the Lebron we expected in the finals but unfortunately for some people and fortunately for those Lebron haters it wasn’t the one we got. He passed the ball away too many times in big moments to players like Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller. What does he expect those guys to do with the rock in their hands in the biggest moment of the game. I was so disappointed with how he played, and this summer he has to look in the mirror, start listening to the criticism, get angry, and translate that into his play. For the big moments there is no way to practice those until your actually in the big moment but Lebron’s problems are all in the mind. That’s harder to solve then the play itself. But he is the king, isn’t he?

It’s not all him though, Lebron isn’t perfect, he wasn’t exactly given a plan in the 4th quarter. He had had to improvise which is hard to do when the pressure is all on his back. Erik Spoelstra was out coached during the finals in his aspect of 4th quarter planning. They ran no plays for Lebron or D-Wade. I bet if Lebron or D-Wade were given a play to run in the 4th quarter and a plan to work on then their 4th quarter production would be much greater then it was.

To be honest the Miami Heat played a great series and with some slight depth changes and some determining of their 4th quarter star then the Miami Heat will be the ones with the parade after next season.

 

 

 

Who is the Greatest Player Ever?

As Lebron James continued to dominate the post-season, well respected hall of famer Scottie Pippen had some words about James.

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far to say LeBron James is probably the greatest player to ever play the game.” Scottie Pippen said those words on a radio show.

Do I agree? No. Scottie may be getting ahead of himself here, but putting Lebron James an 8 year veteran with no ring ahead of Michael Jordan seems a bit farfetched even for Pippen.

Kareem Abdul Jabaar said that Scottie doesn’t have the right to determine who is the greatest ever. He played in one era of basketball. He is forgetting the 11 championships of all time great Bill Russell, he is forgetting the dominance of #33 Larry Bird, he is forgetting the all time leading scorer in Kareem and the sheer talent of sir Wilt Chamberlain.

Isiah Thomas said that maybe when it’s all said and done Lebron could be as good as Michael but no better.

All this quarrel over the greatest ever begs the question. Who is the greatest basketball player ever?

It’s one of the hardest questions i’ve ever been asked. How can you compare Wilt Chamberlain who played in the 60’s to Michael who played in the 90’s to Lebron who is playing in the 21st century. The shot clock has been added, the hand check rule has been added, players agility and strength has changed. The definition of the greatest ever has even changed.

Is the greatest player ever defined by his all around statistics, by their championships, by their MVP’s, or by their leadership?

If I had to name the top player ever to play the game well it’d be hard. I’d have to compare so many different players. I won’t bore you with 3000 words but instead i’ll leave you with my brief thoughts and let my readers figure the rest out. I certainly won’t be comparing players because that is impossible, but I will make a case for every player I believe should be in the discussion for the greatest player ever. href=”https://nbathroughmyveins.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/wilt.jpg”>

Wilt Chamberlain is not the greatest player of all time if that’s what Kareem was getting at. He was selfish and most to all of his teammates called him one of the most selfish, self centered people they’ve ever met. Can the greatest player of all time be a player who wasn’t respected by peers and coaches? Coaches even said he was one of the most un-coachable players ever. During games he took 35-45 shots and cared more about his stats then actually winning a ring. He set a goal to lead the league in scoring and he did with 50.3 points a game. Then when he was being dubbed selfish by every NBA fan, he set a goal to lead the league in assists the next year. His legacy was all about individual achievements and that’s why he finished his career with only two championships. Despite his sheer dominance in all aspects of the game, he was a selfish and arrogant player. In my opinion, he isn’t the greatest player ever but i’ll leave the vote for all of you.

Kareem Abdul Jabar is not the greatest player of all time but is definitely in the conversation. He was a wonderful team player, he was a pure scorer and possessed the most unstoppable shot the world has ever seen. His signature sky hook was absolutely unguardable. He held the ball so high that nobody could even contest the shot. It was shot after shot after shot and Kareem went down as the all time leading scorer in history. When you look at Kareem’s game you see that he was a dominant scorer and an invaluable defensive presence. He protected that paint like it were his new born babies. He played tough and confident basketball and led his Lakers to 6 championships the same amount as Michael. He was an aggressive and persistent rebounder but his game was solely in the post. He had a very limited offensive game, of course the shot he took constantly was unstoppable so he made up for it but can the greatest player EVER really be a player who scored all of his points from a sky hook. I guess it could, it shows how dominant he was and how unstoppable he was as a player.
I guess he is in the conversation.

Bill Russell the classic citizen, teammate and competitor. He stayed on one team and led them with courage and independence. He never looked back, he was always focusing on the game ahead, the quarter he was in. The spotlight was not something that he demanded like other super talented players. He was fine making a humungous impact behind the scenes. His offensive game was certainly limited. He had no jump shot, his free throws weren’t consistent and his array of low post moves were nothing to brag about. It wasn’t his offense that made him great, it was his leadership, defense and rebounding. His career averages consist of 22.5 rebounds a game, 15 points and 4 assists. Blocks weren’t recorded back then but we all know what a presence Bill had inside. All his friendly, cheerful personality off the court vanished when he was defending the paint. It was his territory and his house and he let nobody into his house. Then there was his leadership. His teams were never extremely talented, they had no Larry Bird or Michael Jordan. But Bill Russell believed in the heart of a champion and it was that heart that brought him 11 championships. Think about how amazing that is. Think about how dedicated you have to be to lead your team to 11 championships. When you think about that, then definitely consider Bill Russell in the conversation for greatest player ever.

#33 Larry Bird. The small town boy out of Indiana. The guy who never gave up, the man who loved to win. People will always remember Larry Bird. They will remember him for his defense. They will remember his amazing passing abilities for a guy of his height. They will remember his sweet three point shot. They will remember his rivalry with the great Magic Johnson. Larry Bird had something about him. He had a way of walking into a building and lighting it up. Was it his wavy hair or his warm smile, or his unfathomable brilliance on the court. It seemed so easy for him, everything he did on the court was a breeze. Whether it was scoring, passing, stealing the ball, rebounding the ball. Whatever it was, Larry made it look easy. His career stats show it all. 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists his whole career. With Parish and Mchale by his side he led the Boston Celtics to 3 championships. Back spasms and injuries held him back late in his career but we will still remember the greatness.

Earvin ” Magic ” Johnson. The man with the plan. The passing skills of a magician, the height of a power forward the athleticism of a point guard, the scoring ability of a god and the personality of a superstar. Magic was one of a kind. When will we ever see a 6’9 point guard who can pass like a magician, score like an all-star and rebound like a power forward. He was like no other player. How can you guard him. He could post up smaller guards. If a forward guarded him then his team had a mismatch in their favour. This guy had class and stardom written all over him which is what led his teams to 5 NBA championships. This guy gets underrated when in the conversation of best players ever, I think maybe because he didn’t score like the other players did. But I believe he should be in the conversation.

Lebron James is the one who is still establishing himself into this group of elites. With his all around dominance and his build of 6’8, 270lbs he is unstoppable even in the most athletic NBA era ever. His numbers speak for themselves, his 26 point 7 rebounds and 7 assists are numbers we have never seen before. He is a selfless passer who always gets his teammates involved. He is a determined defender who prides himself on the boards and on shutting down opponents. Then there is his aggressive scoring ability. He is a scary guy, he is the best player in transition I have seen in a long time. But if he were the best player in history you think he would have won at least one championship in 7 years in Cleveland. The best player ever is a very prestigious name, I don’t think going ringless in your first seven years is a good start to the resumé.

Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba has a certain pride and swagger about him. I guess living in Hollywood for 13 years has really rubbed off. As soon as he steps onto the court you can tell he wants to win. Out of all the players that have come and gone I think it’s safe to say Kobe is the most like Jordan. They both are the most unstoppable scorers of their era. Kobe’s turnaround jumper and his three in transition have become a routine that he makes every game. His combination of speed, strength and offensive I.Q makes him unbelievable to watch. That’s what has led his team to 5 championships. It still amazes me that in 13 years he has only won one MVP award. He and Derrick Rose have the same amount. That makes no sense at all. He deserves at least three more. I hope we see more of Kobe in the future and some more rings on his fingers.

Michael Jordan. The player all players want to be. That should be the answer to the question right there. He is the player that everyone is compared to. He was the most unstoppable scorer in history. He could actually score whenever he wants to. Whenever. If he wanted 70 one game he could get it. If he wanted 5 he could get it. There was no way of stopping him. Nothing could stop him. He could shoot a three. He could shoot a turnaround jumper. He could take you off the dribble. He could dunk over a whole defense if he wanted to. And oh boy did he want to. Then he realized being a sole scorer wouldn’t win him any rings so he focused more on defense and became the best perimeter defender ever to play the game. So now he was the best scorer ever and the best perimeter defender ever and he had 6 rings, what more do you want. This guy was unstoppable in every aspect of the game. His leadership, his passing abilities, his sheer scoring ability, and his rigorous defense has made him the most talked about athlete ever.

In conclusion I believe Jordan is the best. I realize I may have left out the Big O, Hakeem and Jerry West but I don’t think they can be considered the best to ever play. If you have thoughts, or comments please write. I’m looking for an answer and I need the reader’s thoughts.