Re: There is only one "G O A T"
posted at 6/10/2011 12:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: There is only one "G O A T"
[QUOTE] I get the feeling that many on this board, to a great extent, Judge a players ability on the number of rings he accumulates over the coarse of his career. Just wonder how many rings Russ might have picked up during his career if he had been signed back in 1956 by the Knicks or Pistons? Here's a little Comparison of the 3 teams from 1956 through the 1968-69 season. Winning seasons--Celts-13,,,Knicks-3,,,Pistons-0 Win Percentage---Celts-.705,,, Knicks-.420,,,Pistons-.403 Average number of roster Hall of fame players per year on each team. Celts-5.08,,,Knicks-1.6,,,Pistons-1.9 (Celtic number does not include Russ) Of coarse there is no way to know the answer, but if it was less than 11, would that make Russ, while playing with either the Knicks or Pistons, any less the great player that he certainly was while playing for the Celts? Just wondering. Seems
Posted by SeemsToMe[/QUOTE]
I'm of the opinion that Russell would have won multiple championships wherever he ended up playing. If he'd have gone to St Louis they'd have won multiple titles in the 50's and 60's. Celtics won nothing without Russell and it could be argued that they may well not have won a championship if Russell was playing for another team.
That's how important Russell was. Russell was just too good in that era. He'd have made any team that he played for into a great one. Back to St Louis, say he landed there and they won 10 or 11 championships. Then St Louis would have the hall of fame players and the Celtics may well have not have the same number of players enshrined at Naismith that they do now. Heck, the Celtics may well have been in another city? It's impossible to say what would have happened.
Russell made the Careers of those Celtic players. And I'm including guys like Cousey, Ramsey and Sharman there. Without Russell they don't win anything, and they would still be remembered as basketball pioneers, but they would not be remembered as championship winners.