Re: Some historical perspective
posted at 8/9/2010 10:57 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Some historical perspective
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Some historical perspective : I quote: When it comes to superstars, the Lakers are so far out in front of everybody else it's not even funny -- their all-time starting five would crush any other team's; in fact, it might be better than that of the rest of the league's put together. John Hollinger-ESPN. Of course it would be a Laker!
Posted by KB24RULZ[/QUOTE]
I'd like to believe that, I'm sure we both have different all time Lakers starting fives. Mine being Johnson, WEST, Cooper, Worthy and Abdul-Jabbar.
Now a leagues best team, already has Jordan and Russell in it. Through in Bird and you're looking team that is almost invincible. Have trouble for the point guard and small forward positions. I'd throw in Pippen for his defense and at Point John Stocton at point. That team would beat any all time Lakers side.
Now if the Lakers 'all time' side was up against other teams, all time sides, I'd give the match to us every time. Except for The Celtics because of the presense of Bill Russell and I think the Bulls may give us some trouble as well. Jordan was second to Russell the greatest player in NBA history, but that's just my opinion. And Pippen is really underated for his work during the Bulls title runs.
When it comes to Superstars, I can agree with that. We have had a lot of superstar players. But someone being a superstar doesn't necessarily equate to them winning championships. And superstar is a world that is brandied about a bit too often when describing players. Not all players that the media label as 'great' are great players. So much hype around these days.
With greats, Karl Malone was a great, do I count him amoung the Lakers greats, no. Kareem, Mikan, Pollard, Magic, Cooper, West, Baynor, Lovellette, Chamberlain, Worthy (sorry I'm biased) Shaq and (unfortunately) Bryant are the true Lakers greats.