Thursday, May 18, 2017

Argument time

LeBron James handled the Celtics last night like you used to handle your little brother in the driveway, doing what he wanted when he wanted on the way to a ridiculously easy 117-104 win in Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

So this seems like as good a time as any to rev up the debate again.

Which is: Who are the best five players in NBA history?

Right now I'm inclined to say LeBron is at least 1A to Michael Jordan's 1, for a number of reasons. He's down 6-3 in titles, but he's won his against tougher competition (the current Warriors; the Tim Duncan/Manu Ginobilli/Tony Parker Spurs). He's a better rebounder. And he might be the best passer the game has seen since Larry Bird, a skill which frequently gets downplayed.

And the other three?

3. Wilt.

4. Kareem.

5. Bird (with either Magic or Oscar 5A).

OK, your turn. Go.

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