posted at 4/2/2013 7:57 AM EDT
In response to Duke4's comment:
I saw them both play during their primes....it was an awesome matchup over the years.....Wilt admitted that Russ was the toughest opponent he ever faced...he often said that Russ frustrated him on the court....so how does a guy that gave up at least 3 inches in height and 50 lbs in weight play so effectively against his bigger foe? ....smarts? ....drive?.... desire? ....mindset (aka mental toughness)?....a combination of those traits maybe....we do know that Russ was an incredible athlete...our Laker friend is correct...I am stating my opinion...but this same opinion has been stated by the very men who faced Russ back in the day...just look up the quotes that Jerry West and even Wilt himself have said about Russell....I'm not making this stuff up....and I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion...however, I do find it interesting that this arguement (discussion) continues to take place on a forum created for Celtic fans...
It's so easy to play this game. You find other people's opinions to support you? so can I.
"Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf: Michael Jordan's will to win made him the best."
"Michael Jordan is universally described by those around him as the most competitive man on the planet. "
"But no player in any sport has had an ultra-competitiveness fused with his image like Michael Jordan."
"Through his trash talk, high-stakes betting, and refusal to lose, MJ developed the persona of the most competitive athlete in sports history."
" He cried, thanked his friends and family, rebuked his so-called enemies and proved that he is -- forever and ever -- the most competitive person alive."
See, this same opinion is shared by many other people who know the game.