More comparisons between today’s NBA star and an all-time great. And again all too premature. Dirk Nowitzki has solidified his greatness and will certainly be a first ballot hall-of-famer. But to compare him to Larry Bird, one of the ten greatest players of all-time? Not right now. Perhaps ever. Bird was a much better all around player. Larry played defense and was a better rebounder and passer, perhaps the best passing forward the game has ever seen. And, more importantly, Larry was clutch in the biggest games, having been to the championships five times, winning three. Like LeBron James, Dirk needs to win a NBA championship ring before he even gets mentioned in the same sentence by the likes of Larry Bird. He will have his opportunity again tonight when his Mavericks takes on the Heat in Game One of the 2011 NBA Championship.
“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far to say LeBron James is probably the greatest player to ever play the game. Not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved. You have to be on your Ps and Qs because everybody is a threat to score when he’s on the floor. Not only that, LeBron James will dominate the game on the offensive end and he’s able to do it on the defensive end as well. He can get in those passing lanes and dominate the game.”—
A somewhat surprising statement from Scottie Pippen, who has since tried to retract making this claim. Pippen has gone on record repeatedly for claiming that his former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan “is the greatest player to have ever played the game or ever will.” So, I was a little shocked Scottie would make such a bold statement about LeBron James possibly being even better than Michael. One must be mindful of the fact that his statement comes on the heels of the Chicago Bulls, a team Pippen now helps coach, getting eliminated by the LeBron led Miami Heat. Someday, maybe many others might share the same feelings about LeBron being the greatest to have ever played the game of basketball. But first, he must help his team win an NBA championship and win repeatedly before he ever enters into this discussion of being mentioned as possibly the greatest basketball player to have stepped onto the hardwood court. Gifted with his tremendous athleticism and now co-anchoring a young team that includes a tandem of him and Dwyane Wade, who himself is also arguably one of the five best players in the game right now, there is will be no excuses.
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ocandrew2 (Me): I just recommended you again under Food!
goddessofscrumptiousness: Andrew... thank you so much again! :) truly truly grateful! so I am closing my two palms together and bowing to you. :)
ocandrew1 (Me): looking forward to watching you on the Food Network channel!
Good thing I visited your blog, or I would've missed this forever! : ) Oh, you flatter and make me dream of that too. lol :D
Invite me please as one of your first food judges! I promise I’m nothing at all like that Jeffrey Steingarten of Iron Chef fame! ;)
Your Stormtroopers post is hilarious, and I must say brilliantly done. It made me laugh big time. The photographs are brilliant and imaginative too. Did you do all those Stormtrooper poses and photos? Oh my gosh, each one cracked me up. Great job with the story-telling and photographs, Jedi Master! :D
This reminds me to update my Christmas wish list and ask Santa to send me Yoda... because I've always wished for a portable adviser/Grandfather to carry along everywhere I go...to keep me on the right path as well as to teach me to rearrange words in my sentences. :)
Thanks! No, can’t take any credit for the photos. I was just doing a random search for a stormtrooper action figure and…well, it’s amazing what you can find when you have some time on your hands. ;)
Robert:You almost have it correct - I think Dumars was just as effective as the Microwave, so I’m not so sure. I didn’t have time to scan the entire list, but Bernard King and Dennis Rodman come to mind. Also, Alex English was unstoppable for a while. I share your reluctance about AI...to be truly considered great, you need to have won on some level.
With just 60, I’m sure guys like Tom Chambers and Jack Sikma won’t make it, but I sure didn’t like it when the Lakers had to face them. What about Calvin Murphy? Lionel Hollins? Mo Cheeks? Len Bias? Andrew Toney? Andrew Toney was just as good as most of the guards named before him, and he was better than Dumars...and, his name is Andrew!
Me:Indeed. And I got no comment from you on my Kobe blog. BTW, the difference with him and MJ when one of his teammates messed up on a play? Instead of just yelling at his teammate and chewing him out or just looking away in disgust, Michael would make sure he went up to them before a key moment, usually during a timeout, and put his arm around the guy and say something like “you f-ed up, get your head in the game because the next pass is coming to you”. Kobe would not do this…especially when the team is completely getting blown out and he can tell the other guys’ confidence has been shaken.
Robert:I need to see your Kobe blog - I agree with that take 100% - I’ve been hearing that the problem was Kobe’s stupid wife ratting out Pau to his girlfriend, and that means stupid Kobe has been sharing man talk with his wife! Pau denied the “rumors”, but where there’s smoke...
Me:You know, I just heard the same thing a moment ago from one of the doctors here that watches very little TV other than some sports, so what does that say about news, gossip and the whole culture here? And I’m sure Kobe’s own opinions have greatly contributed to all the talks.
To me, Kobe reminds me a lot of Steve Young of the 49ers. Great player..an exceptionally great player, but not greater than the players that passed torch on to them. Whiny, arrogant and motivated more by individual accolades than being the leader of their team. It almost always shown when their teams were playing bad.
I might still want Kobe’s wife as a girlfriend, never as a wife. There’s a reason why I’m still single and not completely regretting it. ;)
Robert:Oh man Drew - you are wise beyond your years! Looking at what you wrote, it would be hard for me to tell if you were copying my words from something I’ve said before! But you will never regret the single life - it is a happy life, especially for a Sagittarius. Married life has its plusses, but they don’t necessarily overcome the plusses of single life - its more like an equal thing. I remember those times when I was single and wondering if I would ever find someone to settle down with, and at times I was even a little saddened - I’m here to tell you that there is nothing to be sad about as a single guy! I’m happy being married, but I was happy being single - I just didn’t know the difference - how could I without experiencing marriage?
Take your time and don’t settle for less than the real deal - gorgeous (to your eyes), but I’d take less than gorgeous for a great communicator and a woman who enjoys the man things about you. Remember, communication is the key! “Differences of Opinion”, not “Arguments” - the more laid back, the better...
But I’ve seen some of your Yelp friends...boy, you have some good stuff to pick from out of that group!