Re: Magic picks his all time 5 on PTI
posted at 6/8/2013 10:01 AM EDT
In response to Skins and Heart's comment:
Pick a team of 8. Pick anyone on this team but leave off Russell.
Build an opposing team with Russell and I'd bet the house on the Russell led team winning a 7 game series. When you think it's Russell with the next best 7.
Looking to have not only the best players IMO but the best balanced teams. Hence Grant Hill in the Russell team. I'd love to have Michael Cooper in the Russell team but in all honesty I couldn't have him there.
Fun excercise; I'll try it with just Celtics players I have been lucky enough to see at the Garden or on the road since the 70s
Based on playing in their prime:
Russell (Red's friend and the best)/Cowens (heart of a lion)
McHale (shut down defender like KG but way better post game)/KG
Havilcek (he of 8 NBA titles)/Pierce
JoJo (clutch and smooth)/Ray (a traitor but also a great shooter)
Tiny/DJ (tossup, they are both so great, but Tiny had some Oscar-like seasons, DJ best defender and could guard Majic)
This team could take a combination from the all-time greats in a seven game series (although I would be weary playing against Bird and Majic on the same team).
By the way, any all time best list in addition to the Celtics names above has to include Jerry West.
Two Wikipedia entries on Hondo and West:
- In 1974, Bill Russell summed up Havlicek's career by saying "He is the best all-around player I ever saw."
- In Game 7 of the 1969 Finals, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had put up thousands of balloons in the rafters of the Forum in Los Angeles. This display of arrogance motivated the Celtics and angered West. The Lakers trailed the entire game and were behind 91-76 after 3 quarters, but powered by a limping West, the Lakers closed the gap to 103-102 with two minutes to go and had the ball. But West committed costly turnovers and L.A. lost the game 108–106 despite a triple-double 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists from West, who became the only winner of the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from the losing team.After the loss, West was seen as the ultimate tragic hero: after the game, Bill Russell held his hand, and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry".