Re: CEDRIC MAXWELL: "KG is the best CELTIC ever!"
posted at 5/18/2012 8:09 AM EDT
In Response to Re: CEDRIC MAXWELL: "KG is the best CELTIC ever!"
[QUOTE]Where do you rank Wilt, Shaq, Wilkes and Pau? I say all-time Lakers are: Magic Kareem West Kobe Baylor Shaq Worthy Wilt Wilkes Pau Goodrich Scott Mikan doesn't make the list as the exit from Minneapolis was so poorly done and shameful, those teams/titles so disrespected for decades (until it became clear just during the Shaq/Kobe years that they had a shot to catch Boston) that I don't even think they should be part of LA's 16. And names like 'Lakers' and 'Jazz' should NEVER leave places like Minny and New Orleans. Like 'Sonics' should never leave Seattle. Kareem and Magic can be flip-flopped in my opinion, arguments either way, but since Kareem was such a sally in LA's titles. injured in 1980 and basically a 7 rebound a game guy the entire decade of the 80's getting by b/c he was 7'2" I go with the player who I think was more gifted and played Center as a 21 year old rookie. West and Kobe can be flip-flopped as well, but Kobe is such a disgusting human being, and West a class act, and unselfish, AND was so tormented by the Russ-Red dynasty, that I have to lean towards the logo. He led the league in assists at age 33 and more than any other scorer from pre NBA/ABA merger he would have had 4-6 more points a game if there was a 3-point line. Pau can pass Wilt if he wins 1 more titles and Worthy if he wins a 4th and plays 4-5 more years, but that is HIGHLY unlikely.
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Mikan makes my list at 10. It's hard to know where to decide where to place him. Statistically he's one of the three most dominant players in NBA history when it comes to leading his teams to championships. Russel, Jordan and Mikan really do stand alone there. However this dominance was before the shot clock and we could argue that it was a different sport then.
Baylor is important in our history as he was the link between the Minneapolis and Los Angeles era.
Agree with you that the way the Minneapolis era is treated is absolutely appalling and continues to be that way. One banner for five championships. And particular jerseys being 'honoured' instead of retired. Bynum should NOT be wearing number 17.
When we get our 18th banner the Minneapolis era may again be forgotten.
Wilkes was a fine player but I prefer Cooper. He took on the oppositions best offensive players and shut them down. Was there for all the 80's championships and I feel he's so underrated because he focused on defence.
Pau doesn't make my top 10. Perhaps if we win another title with him. I think that Odem contributed almost as much as Pau coming off the bench for our last two championships. Pau, Bynum and Odem were great together.