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Shaq's legacy in 50 years is an interesting question. Most greats in NBA history are measured by their competition.

Wilt vs. Russell
Bird vs. Magic

Being two of the most popular that spring to mind

But you also get Robinson vs. Hakeem, Cowens vs. Unseld, Kemp vs. Malone, to a lesser extent, but the NBA more than any other sport is defined by a player imposing his will on not only his team but the entire game.
Robinson wins the MVP. And get utterly destroyed by Hakeem in the playoffs, Isiah wins a ring almost single-handedly, the other nine players on the floor either not wanting to get in his way or unable to stop him, even games like Bird vs Nique are still remembered decades later as two men not willing to give an inch in dominance, until the clock strikes zero and they have to stop. Players like James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton and so on- Hall of Famers all- but we all knew the ring came down to Bird vs Magic - two of the greats would determine the winner.

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