Shaq v. Walton
Did Shaq just compare Bill Walton to Greg Ostertag?
Let's see here.
While Walton and Shaq never faced off, Shaq does defer to Kareem in the video.
Walton faced Kareem six times in meaningful games over the course of their careers, four times in 1977 and twice in 1986. The Blazers swept the Lakers in the WCFs in 1977, with Walton averaging 19 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks and 6 assists, on his way to winning the series MVP. In one game alone, Walton tallied 22 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, and nine blocks.
In 1986, the Celtics and Lakers played twice during the regular season. In both games Walton dominated Kareem. At home, the Celtics defeated the Lakers 110-95. Walton hit five of six shots, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished 5 assists while blocking a whopping seven shots in 16 minutes. Walton frustrated Jabbar every minute he was on the floor, holding Kareem to two field goals on eight attempts. In Los Angeles, the Celtics again won comfortably, with Walton posting 10 points, seven rebounds, 5 blocks, and four assists. This time he held Kareem to 1 field goal in five attempts.
I'll take a healthy Bill Walton over a healthy Shaquille O'Neal every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
Let's just say I don't find the comparison apt.
Next time I need representation, remind me not to hire Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq's sudden ability to play extended minutes in Phoenix after supposedly being injury plagued all year in Miami made his case a difficult one to argue in the first place. But the Ostertag-Walton comparison flushed any remaining credibility down the poogie.
And Shaq's presumed Big-Man Pecking Order doesn't do much to restore his credibility either.
Shaq doesn't make my list of top five big men, and here's why.
As for Bill Walton?
I concur with these sentiments.
- #05 (Walton)
- #08 (Wedman)
- #12 (Sichting)
- 1971-72 Lakers
- 2007-08 Scores
- Banner 17
- Grassy Knoll Network
- Green Mile
- Larry & Magic
- NBA Scoreboard
- Russell v. Chamberlain
- Walton Gang (1977)