Why is he a top ten player??? due to rings???
Than by that logic, Havlicek should be ranked a lot higher as well.
It's like saying Thomas Edison isn't one of the greatest inventors of all-time because all he did was invent the light bulb, phonograph and motion picture cameras, all of which wouldn't be impressive by today's standards.
a lakers fan trying to discredit a celtic legend
the funny thing is number of rings are used by laker fans to bump kobe in all-time rankings
Firstly the title argument has to be modified. He won about 4-5 of his titles in a league with 7 other teams in it, 3-4 of the others with 8, and a couple of years with 9 and one with 11. Magic's titles as a group were much harder to obtain then Russell's as a group IMO.
Also, Russell having the best Coach, GM, and most of the time by far best team to go with him has to be taken into consideration. Ask yourself how many titles he has if he's on the Pistons instead of the Celts.
Russell is the only player that has any argument whatever to be in the top 20 all time that was essentially a one way player. It's been argued he could have scored more - he could have early, but by 1964-1965 the league was full of very capable to great 7 footers, and Russell was no longer able to get his offense off. He was a poor FT shooter, had a very elemental offense, even for the time.
IMO are all clearly better, if you extract the myths away from the facts.
As a winner, leader, rebounder, passer, and defender he still stands up very well after all these years, but his lack of offensive skill AND production (outside of passing and offensive rebounding) is a huge negative.
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6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”
Some jerks never learn.....