When you think of the best player people assume Jordan and they are wrong. To me. Their is no clear cut basketball because theirs always somebody that can do something better. I believe in evolution of players. Players today are a lot more skilled and bigger, faster, and stronger. I don't know why people overlook that. People that watched basketball in the 60s know d*mn well Wilt wasn't as strong as Shaq. Nobody talks about that. It's always what Wilt did against smaller players.
Same thing with Jordan. I'll give him one thing. He played against some of the best players to ever play, but what I have a problem with is when Magic and Bird was in their prime. Jordan was losing, but nobody brought up that fact because Jordan was on every poster, every tv, and selling out arenas. It was clear from the moment that Jordan stepped on the court he was better then Magic and Bird and the media is the reason for that. When Jordan was having his bad years. He was another Kobe. Once he started winning everybody started drinking the water. He dominated his whole career. I look at his career the same way as Wilt's. He was the the 1st of his kind and athletically the best out there. On top of that he benefited from defenses playing man. No way he would've did that with a zone.
Another thing I can't stand is when people discredit Kobe. As far as skill. The closest we've seen to Jordan and he does something's better, but what kills me is people will say Jordan is better then Magic, but Kobe isn't. Dont make any sense. Kobe is the better offensive player and defensive player. All Magic could say is he was the best teammate. Another things is when I hear Kobe had Shaq. Really? Does anybody not remember Shaq calling Kobe the best player in the league after they beat the Nets? Kobe was clearly the better player. Shaq was just more dominant. The Centers he played were garbage during his Lakers years where Guards were thriving during that time, but in all reality. Everybody has had somebody. Magic had Kareem. Jordan had Pippen. The list goes on and on. You can never discredit a player because of the talent around him. You look at what he does. He won 3 rings with Shaq and was fortunate to win 2 more. That's greatness. Honestly in a way. The same way people forget how good Magic was because of Jordan is the same treatment Kobe gets because of Lebron. Both Jordan and Lebron were the 1st of their kind.
Overall.. Their is no greatest player. Greatest winner. Yea maybe, but please don't bring stats in the equation. They don't mean *****.