Beware the Glitz
Cowens or Kareem?
Walton or Wilt?
Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Dr. J, George Gervin, David Thompson or Hondo?
Karl Malone or Marques Johnson, Paul Silas, and Horace Grant?
The latter 3.
Before the Finals last June, I had a conversation with my brother, the die-hard Lakers fan, that went something like this:
Lex: You don't have a bench.
Bro: We have the best bench in basketball!
Bro: We got Sasha, Vlads, Jordan, and Luke.
Lex: I'll take Powe.
Bro: [Silent, staggered by my choice of Powe over Posey and House]
Lex: We'll see (meaning, you'll see).
Most of the world would agree that Kobe is better than Paul. A smaller universe would take Kobe over Paul when a game is on the line (though I'd allow that a clear majority would still take Kobe).
For me, stats don't matter. Glitz don't matter.
What matters is whether the player shows up when it counts. I don't care how many regular season games someone posts 40 points or grabs 20 rebounds. I do care whether a player scores his points or grabs his rebounds when a BIG GAME is on the line.
By the end of this year, I might take Ray Allen over Kobe, too.
- #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)