Phil's right until proven wrong. It took the absence of one or both of our MAX players to get wins this year. It took a coaching change to inspire the drive of Anthony and Stoudemire, Chandler the only high earning individual that played inspired ball of their own accord.
I don't believe Dolan was ever truly committed to signing Jackson as HC, as he'd be overshadowed by his status and would be belittled by his intelligence. And what coach in their right mind would work for an interfering prick the likes of Dolan? We're talking about a man whose dedication to basketball apparently has nothing to do with basketball itself.
100% Dolan fears Jackson, who has often used the media to call out individuals for the sake of winning. Dolan is not about winning, and Jackson, IMO, never wanted to come here in the first place because of that.
Regarding the Shaq, Wilt, Kobe, Bird argument, it's a tough call.
Bill Russell, I don't think, would have had anywhere near the impact in the modern game that he did in Boston's amazing run under Auerbach. The guy was 6'9 - 220 and lithe. I'm pretty sure that's on par with Caron Butler in terms of size. If he were to play the modern game from a young age, he'd undoubtedly be a lot heavier muscle wise, but you have to also take in to account the level of competition he was against at the time in comparison to what he'd be against in the present ~ including the 90s version of the modern game. But, if you were to inject Amar'e Stoudemire in to the past's way against its competition, I think he'd have Wilt like numbers.
The evolution of the game as well as the players (and their regimes) makes it basically impossible to know.
SHAQ V Wilt.
If there were any player of the distant past that'd still make an impact in today's game, it's Chamberlain. But, in terms of size and skill, he was lightyears ahead of his time. His competition was nothing compared to Shaq's. He was 7'1 - 275. He was playing against modern day sized small forwards a lot of the time. One of those SF sized players, Bill Russell, got the better of him on a number of occasions, and Wilt came away with 1 title for all his individual accomplishments.
SHAQ would have easily had equivalent numbers to Wilt's back in the day, perhaps even eclipsed them.
But Wilt would still be a starting center, probably an All Star in the league today. Can't really gauge anything beyond that, but 7'1 - 275 is 7'1 - 275.
The question here isn't about who'd dominate who, because it's like pitting a Spitfire against a Harrier: different eras of dominance against different counterparts.
The same goes for Larry Bird, who was brilliant in an era that had far less competent and physically gifted players.
You can't gauge it.
I don't think anyone ever said that Phil would make Melo into Jordan. If so, that's completely ridiculous. But Phil is good at managing egos and he certainly managed Kobe and MJ's pretty well so Melo probably wouldn't be.
With that being said, just because he snubbed the Knicks doesn't take away from the fact that he is a hall of fame coach. There are plenty of other great teams with talent that didn't win championships every year. Hell, we had a star studded cast in the 90s and the Bulls still beat us every time when Jordan was on the team. You don't get 11 championships by just talent alone.
What he said was uncalled for and a low blow but it doesn't take away from his greatness as an NBA coach.
meh...sounds like a sour puss to me. From what I've heard and read... Dolan and the rest of the brass didn't really want him because they were concerned with his age and health issues. Funny how you hear this now after we already inked Woody. I still think he's a bit over rated. Without Jordan and Kobe he would probably still be ringless. He'll get my respect once he's able to get a chip without the most dominating players in the game on his team.
Here's legacy clearly falls on the phenomenal talent he had at his disposal. Like "The HEAT" has "Spo" for their coach. (who I also think is over rated) however, its the talent getting HIM to the FINALS 2 times back to back, lucky him. ...
You either know the game or you don't. Go look at Wilt's numbers.
They are an emaculate collection of proliferation for the most part unseen throughout NBA history (Jordan's consistent efficient and high scoring for his entire career withstanding). Dude averaged over 20 rebounds for the majority of his career. One season he averaged 50 ppg and 25 rpg. I can't say definitively, but I simply do not believe Shaq could put those kinds of numbers up in any era. He's a legit all-time great big, but he's not Wilt.
Wilt played against guys that were for the most part smaller no doubt, but IMO the players and the way game was played was alot tougher then than it is now or was even in the 90s. Back then you could get away with all kinds of pushing and holding. Also the height of most bigs on average compared to the tallest players I don't think is that drastically from what it is now (on NBA teams today you still have few 7 footers). Almost every team had guy that was atleast 6'9". Wilt would always be doubled, tripled and many times quadruple teamed and it didn't matter. He wasn't JUST bigger than everyone else. He was an unbelivably skilled and athletic big for his size. He also played against some nice centers that included Russell, guys like Walt Belamy, Wes Unseld and one Willis Reed. There was definitely comp in 60s to 70s era.
Russell was the similar. I believe he'd dominate in this era also. He would out hustle and outsmart most players in the league today. Russell was also very athletic. Probably his greatest assets were his will and smarts. He boasted bball IQ that is probably amongst the highest of any player in the history of the league. Let us not forget, Russell is the only baller to ever win a title as a player/coach. That's some boss ****. And he won 11 championships. He is the greatest winner in any sport, ever.
These two guys, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain would ROCK the league as it's presently constituted.
Make no mistake, I'm not one of these guys who thinks talent cannot travel across eras. I think they'd put in work similar to what they put in in their day. If Rodman can average 14- 18 rebounds multiple seasons why couldn't Russell or Wilt average their 20 or more in this era. To say otherwise does not make sense logically. If Jordan can average 30-37 throughout his career, why couldn't Wilt average 40, or even 50.
Some of you really don't understand the talent level of the old era players.
And to the person who said Bird wouldn't work over dudes in this era because of some athleticism deficit.
Bird would absolutely **** on most of today's league of more athletic players as he did throughout the 80's against players that were more athletic than he. Bird was just one unbelievably skilled whiteboy, who at 6'9" could handle it well (like a guard), get a shot off virtually anywhere in the gym and whos IQ was off the charts as well. Bird like Russell and Magic for that matter, played the game at a higher plane mentally than than almost all of the players from their respective eras. Combine that with their skills and you have the kind of foundation that a team can feed off of for a shot at mutliple championships during their respective career windows.
Basketball smarts makes up for soooooooooo much in the league, no matter what era you happen to be from.
Yes Kobe and Shaq have their rightful places in NBA historical hierarchy, but one mustn't get **** twisted. As I said, top 10-15 and you can bring them into the discussion.
There's 2 players I'd put ahead of Kobe at his position and at least 4 players I'd put ahead of Shaq at his:
2. Oscar Robertson
I'm not just talking just to talk.
Ranking players is subjective, yes... But you also have to use logic and have context.
As i said:
Wilt - probably the most potent combo of scoring and rebounding the league has ever seen - 1 title
Russell - greatest winner of all-time -11 titles
Bird - could play all five positions. The greatest shooter of all-time IMO, clutch, great passer and rebounder - 5 titles
Jordan - the GOAT nuff said - 6 titles
Magic - at 6'9" guy with freakish ball skills, clutch, off the charts awareness - 5 titles
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