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article imageThe Greatest NBA Player of All Time - Putting It Into Perspective

By Edwin Ladaga     Jun 1, 2011 in Sports
Scottie Pippen and Kareem Abdul Jabbar traded verbal jabs with each other on who is the greatest player to ever play the basketball game.
The Chicago Bulls swingplayer talks about the necessary skills and trait on what makes a great player. Jabbar, the All time NBA leading scorer, puts a historical perspective on the ongoing debate.
Pippen, who won six NBA rings with Chicago Bulls, pointed to Lebron James as a complete package. In a few years, he might overtake Michael Jordan in every basketball skill department.
"I've never seen a player that can dominate a game the way LeBron James can. He don't always have to score. He makes plays for other guys. But when the game is on the line and you need a shot to be made, he's going to make that play. He’s shown that throughout (the Eastern Conference finals) that he can make big shots."said Pippen, as quoted by the Herald Sun.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar reacted by writing an open letter to Scottie Pippen. He criticized Scottie for his limited perspective and answered him by narrating things in a historical way. An excerpt of the open letter from LA Times is reprinted below:
...In terms of winning, Michael excelled as both an emotional and scoring leader but Bill Russell’s Celtics won eight consecutive NBA Championships. Bill's rebounding average per game is over 22.5 lifetime, MJs best rebounding years was eight per game (1989). But we will never know exactly how many shots Bill Russell blocked because again, they never kept that statistic while he played. However, if you ask anybody that played against Russell, they will just roll their eyes and say he blocked all the shots he wanted to block in the crucial moments of a game.
Bill played on a total of 11 championship teams and as you very well know, Scottie, the ring is the thing, and everything else is just statistics. So I would advise you to do a little homework before crowning Michael or LeBron with the title of best ever.
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