Re: Put the 5 Greatest Lakers Against the 5 Greatest Celtics
posted at 7/29/2010 5:44 AM EDT
Just what is a fake championship?
Russell is the x-factor in this discussion. He's just an out and out winner, combine him with Bird and you'd have two guys who could beat any team.
But. My Lakers 5 may give them a run for their money.
Kareem at Center. Russell never guarded Kareem and I'd like to see how the Sky Hook would go against Russ's blocking ability. Would be something to see. Kareem is the best Lakers center, just ahead of Mikan and Shaq.
Worthy at Forward. Big game James. He's here to finish the break and score. Also comes up big in the clutch. But I'll have 'Mr Clutch' in this team as well. And he's my favorite Laker, so he's here because I want him here.
Cooper at Forward. Emphasis on this is a TEAM. He's here for his defense and to shut down Bird, or at least limit his effectiveness. How can one not have an all time Lakers side and not have this guy as a starter?
West at Guard. Mr clutch, will take the big shots along with Worthy, who gets to take the shot? well it depends on who's left unguarded, may very well be Coop! I'd take West over Kobe any day.
Ervin Johnson at Guard. The man was a basketball genius, he turned all his teams into winners and is arguably the greatest Laker ever. He would make this team hum and it'd be such a great side to watch. He's unselfish and has a team first attitude. Something that's lacking in most NBA players today.
Russell - Greatest player ever
Bird - Second greatest Celtic ever. Not bad when you have Russell in front of you.
McHale - Would give whoever he's matching up against heart palpitations. Always loved his play and actually enjoyed his play more than Larry's at times.
Sam Jones - Silky smooth jumper and a clutch player.
Dennis Johnson - Smart operator and a team guy (when with the Celtics)