People say Kobe > Lebron. Why? 5 > 3. Jordan > Kobe. Why? 6 > 5. Russell has 11 rings in 3 less seasons than Jordan but will be lucky to rank ahead of Bird, Magic, Kareem, Lebron, Kobe, West, Shaq and a few others in an Alltime fan poll. Hell.....an Alltime sports writers polls.
Sorry. Those are your choices OBJECTIVELY. "Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don't." Anything else is simply overly contrived, committee mandated, superlatively subjective funneling to appoint your favorite specific individual player to a position he does not logically deserve
still puts Russell at the top of the class. Two NCAA titles at that powerhouse USF. Won 8 straight titles with the Celtics (a team who'd never been to the title round b4). Won three more, head coach AND STARTING CENTER of the last two title teams. Alltime shot block king. 2nd alltime rbds. Practically invented the fast break outlet pass. Greatest defensive player in the league's history.
11 rings in a 13 year career. In the two years he didn't win a ring he lost in the Conference finals the the 50ppg 26rbds pg Wilt Chamberlain Philly Warriors...and lost in the finals (injured in the Conference finals) to the Bob Pettit [another underrated top candidate) led Hawks. That you almost certainly didn't know all this of his accomplishments is why my point stands
- postal pLv 72 months ago
Check the record books, Wilt holds almost every record. He was the Babe Ruth of Basketball.
- Random GuyLv 72 months ago
You sound like the kind of person who would blow up if someone goes against your opinion.
- Anonymous2 months ago
The answer is Bill Russell, and great Tim Duncan.
- jaredLv 42 months ago
To ME, it's BILL RUSSELL. 11 CHAMPIONSHIPS in just 13 SEASONS. That is just DISGUSTING how you win damn near EVERY year. 11-1 in the FINALS, greatest WINNER ever. "You play to win the game !!"- Herm Edwards
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- STEVELv 72 months ago
Everybody is entitled to their opinion. In my opinion, there's no clear-cut GOAT, but my top-4 (in no order) are Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If forced to pick one, I'd go with Wilt Chamberlain (but won't argue if anyone says Jordan, Kareem, or Lebron)
TEAMS win championships. Saying one player is better than another because of rings honestly a terrible argument. Sam Jones has 10 rings, Robert Horry has 7, Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr both have 5, but nobody has them in their top-whatever... and nobody says Kobe > Lebron
- BobLv 72 months ago
I don't think Bill Russell is the GOAT, to me it's Michael Jordan,and very few people except for diehard Laker fans and those that hate Lebron think that Kobe is better than Lebron.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Bill Russell is the best. He won 11 NBA Championships.
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- Donnie PorkoLv 72 months ago
Let’s begin with the most obvious. From 1955 to 1961, there were 8 teams. Russel won 4 rings during that time.
From 61-66, there were 9 teams. He won 5 rings.
1968: 12 teams. Russell won 1 ring.
1969: 14 teams. Russell won 1 ring.
When Jordan played, there were 27-29 teams.
Kobe: 29-30 teams.
Lebron: 30 teams
You can group Jordan, Kobe, and lebron together since there were about the same number of teams and the one with more rings is the goat.
The supporting cast.
I think Jordan and Kobe had about the same supporting cast. Lebron probably had a weaker supporting cast.
Russell had Cousy, Sharman, Howell, Havlicek, Embry. All hall of famers.