Lebron isn't done yet, he doesn't get to be in this conversation. He has that potential. There is a short list of guys that should be: Bird, Magic, Kareem, Russel, Shaq, Moses Malone, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, others I likely forgot. None of them are Jordan.
I was pretty sad that even best player by position most of us had the exact same list. I can't remember if it was on this forum or not, but I took part in a similar discussion for football. Basically you make a starting lineup for the best all time team. Outside of everyone having Jerry Rice as a wideout, the lists were totally different.
I'm glad we are on the same Wilt page. I hate Wilt. All I need to know about Wilt is that he refused to play defense if he had 4-5 fouls since he refused to foul out. Wilt passed up shots like crazy one year because he wanted to lead the league in assists because he was obsessed with stats and records. The Lakers players voted AGAINST having an in his prime Wilt Chamberlain on his team 2-9. 9 guys didn't want to play with Wilt because he was a me first, me second, me third player. He was a great player, but man was he a tremendous douche.
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Theory #1) Jordan was suspended to deal with his gambling problems that the league was starting to believe were becoming a black eye for the most famous pro athlete in the world that would damage the league's image. In 1992, a drug dealer was found with a check from Jordan for over $50,000 from some stupid bet. Jordan lost almost a million dollars to a single guy in a weekend of golf gambling. In 93, Jordan was going to the casino to gamble after playoff games. It was believed he was betting on sporting events. Stern talked to Mike and told him to get help, he was also dealing with the death of his father at the time, and to take some time away. Jordan basically said as much in his retirement press conference when he said he would come back if Stern let him back in the league.
Theory #2) Space Jam was based on actual events. In the summer of 1993, Michael Jordan was indeed kidnapped by aliens and they attempted to force him into more or less slavery by playing in their pro basketball league, the IBA or the Intergalactic Basketball Association, on the Nerdluck team the Nerdluck Blueskins. Jordan, being the gambling addict that he was, bet the aliens that he and four of his friends could defeat any five players the aliens put out on the court. If Jordan's team lost, Jordan would come along peacefully and would voluntarily play for the rest of his career for their team. The man at the Jordan press conference and that played baseball was an imposter. Seriously, Michael Jordan being that bad at baseball? No way would he hit .200, Mike was a beast. In July 1993, Jordan and four other players took on the Nerdluck team and won on a last second shot. The members of that team you ask? Well, Magic Johnson was there. Why do you think he still is kicking so strong 20+ years after his HIV diagnosis? The Nerdlucks cured him. Larry Bird was there obviously. In fact he got in a fight with a Nerdluck forward and nearly got ejected. David Robinson was there also. Do you remember seeing him play in 93? Exactly, no one remembers the 93 Spurs. Dennis Rodman was the 5th member of the team. He actually never came back as he fell in love with the Nerdluck culture (and their women) and his alien doppleganger is still posing as him today. That is why Rodman started to get real, real weird around then. The 6th man/high five guy was actually Bill Murray who reprised his role in the film adaptation. Jordan won and they all returned several months later except for Rodman.
As for some widely held misconceptions about the real story, no the Looney Toons were not involved. They are cartoons and don't exist. They were added in to make the story more child friendly. Also Wayne Knight was not involved at all in the real events. He was written into the movie for comedy. And yes, the Nerdluck Blueskins is a racist team name just like the Washington Redskins.
Theory #3) The most hyper-competitive athlete potentially in the history of American pro sports took a year off in his prime coming off three titles in a row with the opportunity to establish himself as the greatest ever and took the year off to play baseball.
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Conscript Michael Jordan is one of the biggest douche bags ever did you not hear his HoF speech just listen to people that played with him he was an asshole to everybody even Charles Barkley. As far as Wilt goes who cares if he wanted stats he got them players could have not let him get those stats but he did it anyways. One stat that is crazy is the avg mins he played in a season that is just crazy and I don't care which era you played in it would be physically hard on your body. Wilt didn't have a 3 point line or shot clock which the first being a huge advantage to Kobe, Lebron, and Jordan. That game that Kobe scored 80 points or whatever how many of those shots was a 3 point shot. Yeah the game has changed but in some parts it has helped people like Lebron and Kobe hell those 2 didn't even go to college how many more stats and points dod you think Wilt would have had if he didn't go to college.
all those new era, start kobe, leborn etc etc, admin even in some old papers that they were born on MJ legend style, etc ye they are cool atm they pwn hard, but who showed them how to play? b4 mj there was no basketball right it is now. So ofc the greatest player ever is MJ, as a drakedog to locks in wow he may not be the best but defo first who showed how to play lock in vanila.
If you think Jordan started it all then you didn't watch Bird, Magic, Clyde the Glyde, Darryl Dawkins,Julius Erving, and Dominique Wilkins. Those people brought in tons of people to arenas the biggest thing Jordan did was make marketing a player an important part of basketball. MJ won multi titles so did most of the greats MJ had great shots so did the other greats. Michael Jordan just happened to play in an era between Magic and Bird and Kobe and Lebron who did Jordan have to compete with Shawn Kemp I mean he was a great dunker but that was it Magic and Bird was out of there prime when Jordan got big.
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I wish that I had seen Wilt, Russel, and Kareem play. Their numbers are all crazy. I am just wondering if they were as dominant as Shaq in his prime. I doubt we will ever see another player treat other guys like rag dolls the way Shaq did.
I loved Shawn Kemp and the sonics I rooted for them in the early 90's Shawn Kemp is super fun to watch but he isn't a top 50 player.
As for who he had to compete with in the mid-90s (say the years right after the Pistons), there was Hakeem and Houston (who immediately filled the gap when Jordan was suspended), great Seattle teams, Malone and Stockton for a couple years, Indiana had at least one very good team that should have knocked Chicago out of the playoffs in one of their title years, the Knicks should have been up there but like always were usually a massive fucking disappointment. The league wasn't devoid of talent.
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It wasn't devoid of talent it was devoid of top 20 players of all time except for Jordan. You could stick Hakeem in the top 20 maybe man he was great and Malone and Stockton but at that time Jordan had Pippen,Kerr,Rodman and a pretty good bench oh and a 7'2 center.
As for Kemp he also let his body go he didn't have a good work ethic and had a bazillion kids.
Top 20 players who played when Jordan did:
David Robinson (debatable)
Isiah Thomas (debatable, only cross into Jordan's dominant era for a couple years, was the reason he wasn't dominate earlier)
Karl Malone (debatable)
John Stockton (debatable)
That doesn't seem like that much of a lack of top 20 guys at all. It just seems like it since the league was so damn spread out thanks to expansion. Back when most of the "greatest of all time" guys were playing in the pre-Magic era the league was 8-17 teams.
1960-61: 8 teams
1970-71: 17 teams
1980-81: 23 teams
1990-91: 27 teams
The league had a dilution of talent issue (still does just like all four of the big sports that over expanded), not necessarily a lack of top 20 players.
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Jordan beat for his 6 titles:
90-91- LA Lakers featuring Magic and Worthy
91-92- Portland Trail Blazers featuring Clyde Drexler
92-93- Phoenix Suns featuring Charles Barkley, who also had arguably his best season ever that year
95-96- Seattle SuperSonics featuring Kemp and Payton. This was the 72 win season. They also only lost 3 times in the entire playoffs. Dominant.
96-97- Utah Jazz featuring Malone and Stockton. Almost won 70 games again. This was the "flu game" year.
97-98- Utah Jazz again.
Those weren't nobody teams. I have never seen a team or a player utterly destroy and demoralize teams like that 96-97 team did and Jordan was ruthless. Was he also an arrogant asshole? Absolutely. He's a prick and I rooted against him every year. I hated him. I've also never seen anyone play like him.
Yeah but Jordan didn't have that equal and I don't mean he was so bad ass he didn't have an equal but Bird had Magic both are top 5 players of all time. Kobe has Lebron both could be put in that mention or will be at one point and Wilt had Russel which are the 2 best Centers of all time. Jordan didn't have anybody in there prime that was his equal Magic got HIV and Bird was getting to old think T.Duncan (still able to produce but not like they could in there prime). Yeah you had Hakeem,Malone,Ewing,and Robinson but they were centers it's like comparing Steve Nash to Kevin Garnet...Barkley was the only person I guess that could have been his rival but even then Jordan's teams was so much better then Barkley's. Jordan had Pippen which is considered a top 50 player who did Barkley have Dan Marley ehh hes good but not great. To tell you how good the Bulls were they went to the finals without Jordan... today's Lakers don't get to the finals without Kobe, today's Thunder doesn't get to the finals without Durant, and today's Bulls don't get to the finals without Rose same goes for Magic with D.Howard. I'm just saying it most teams had one really good player or even great player but didn't have a great player and 2-3 HoF's back then.
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No, Jordan just made future hall of fame players look closer to average in comparison.
Oh and Kareem is better than both Wilt and Russell. Russell is closer, but if Kareem isn't in your top 2 there is a problem. If your argument is that Jordan didn't have a top 5 guy to compete with, I agree, but you can say that about pretty much anyone in basketball history. I don't buy Kobe as top 5. Lebron is in the middle of his prime, so let's see how he turns out. Speaking of Kareem, you look down on Jordan for how good the Bulls were then, but Magic's Lakers were absurdly loaded.
Ok Wilt was bigger stronger and faster then Russell...Russell has even said so himself he said Wilt was on a different level. Wilt scored 50 points on Russell 7 times and one time he scored 62 smh and that was without the 3 point line which helps players today avg 30ppg the most Russell scored on Wilt was 37 points. Russell said something to the fact that each time he faced Wilt he seemed to grow an inch every time and about 5 pounds. Yes Wilt was better then Russell...Russell just had the better team around him.
Some Stats when the both played against each other Wilt avg 27.8 points and 29 rebounds Russell avg 14 points and 23 rebounds. No. of games 142