Re: Phil Jackson would choose Russell over Jordan
posted at 5/25/2013 10:58 AM EDT
In response to Skins and Heart's comment:
Jordan has a massive publicity machine behind him.
I'd rank Russell, Magic and Bird ahead of him. All of them made their team mates into better players.
A case against Jordan is how well the Bulls performed in 1994 after his retirement. The Bulls were a very good team. Jordan did make them into a championship calibre team. But the league wasn't at its best when the Bulls were dominant.
Everywhere Russell, Magic and Bird played they had success and they made their teams into genuine championshp contenders. Their college teams became successful when they arrived. Jordan won in college with team mates such as James Worthy and Sam Perkins.
Jordan was great. He has the x-factor that all the true champions have. However I think that Russell, Magic and Bird are just superior players.
Best coach ...... Chuck Daly. Seriously when you see what he had to work with in Detriot it is just amazing. Never had the luxury of having a Russell, Magic, Bird, Jordan etc to work with. Not a fan of the Detriot team at all.
It's the same machine that lebron and kobe enjoy as well. Whenever I go to ESPN or some other online forums I see people saying that Russell was not good at all just because he played during the early years of the league.
IMHO, Bird and Johnson are superior to Jordan. I agree with you. But people nowadays like the manufactured narratives that the media produces and feeds them. That's why, the way things are, people won't be discussing Russell or Bird in a few more years. It will be Jordan, Kobe and Lebron, and maybe even Kevin Durant if he becomes more of a media hype project like lebron did.
It also doesn't help that the referees in the league are TERRIBLE. Back in the days of magic and bird players didn't walk 3 or 4 steps like lebron, there was no crab dribble and the game was very very physical. It was really harder to score, more than it is right now, and the same applies Russell and the league during the sixties.