Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Scottie Pippen Had It Wrong, Michael Jordan and LeBron James Are NOT The Greatest Ball Players Of All Time
Posted by Media Outrage on June 1st, 2011
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was not and is not feeling the majority of opinions floating around that say Michael Jordan is the greatest to ever play the game.
Peep what he had to say to Scottie Pippen about his assessment in an open letter in the LATimes:
I have nothing but respect for you my friend as an athlete and knowledgeable basketball mind. But you are way off in your assessment of who is the greatest player of all time and the greatest scorer of all time. Your comments are off because of your limited perspective. You obviously never saw Wilt Chamberlain play who undoubtedly was the greatest scorer this game has ever known. When did MJ ever average 50.4 points per game plus 25.7 rebounds? (Wilt in the 1962 season when blocked shot statistics were not kept). We will never accurately know how many shots Wilt blocked. Oh, by the way in 1967 and 68, Wilt was a league leader in assists. Did MJ ever score 100 points in a game? How many times did MJ score more than 60 points in a game? MJ led the league in scoring in consecutive seasons for 10 years but he did this in an NBA that eventually expanded into 30 teams vs. when Wilt played and there were only 8 teams….
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).… 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. As dominant as he is, LeBron has yet to win a championship. I must say that it looks like Miami has finally put the team together that will change that circumstance. Its my hope that today’s players get a better perspective on exactly what has been done in this league in the days of yore.
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Mediaoutrage- Your thoughts? Greatest is not just a sum-total of stats and accomplishments but also the stamp you leave on the game and it’s clear that no one in the history of basketball has left the kind of indelible mark that Michael Jordan did. The man won championship and just about every other award possible. Nuff said Kareem.