- 06/13/2012, 01:58AM ET
Aminkoff31 said 06/13, 01:58 AM
NO, and here is why.
There is little argument that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all time.
Bill Russel won 11 NBA championships, he is not considered the best player of all time.
Robert Horry won 7 NBA championships, he is not considered the best player of all time.
If Derek Fisher were to win his 6th ring this year, he would not be considered a better player than Kobe who only has 5 rings or even LeBron who would still have zero.
My point being, sure you can factor the ability to win championships into his legacy, but there are so many factors that go into a championship. It is not fair to say LeBron isn't as good as Derek Fisher because he will have either 4 or 6 less championships than him.
Not taking anything away from the great Bill Russell but many of his championship winning teamates are also in the hall fame as well as he is. 15 years from now what Heat players will be in the Hall of Fame, LeBron and Wade, maybe a big maybe Bosh? Certainly not Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Shane Battier.
Personally I don't like the Heat and do not want anything to think I am defending LeBron, #ThunderUp
Hyped78 said 06/13, 03:37 AM
While winning championships certainly isn't the only argument - might not even be the most important - that we should take into account when deciding who the best basketball players are, it is certainly one of the arguments that needs to be factored in.
Between 2 players of equal individual worth, he who has rings (or the most rings) will be remembered as the best player between the 2.
And I'll summarize why winning championships is important for an individual player's legacy:
- The objective of a competition, in this case the NBA, is to win the championship. That's the ultimate goal.
- Impressive individual statistics are limited if they are not accompanied by championship victory.
- Winning rings solidifies a player as a winner.
- It is also a measure of how a player was able to lead a team, to have the ability to make everyone around him better.
There's a reason why players like Karl Malone and John Stockton as always seen as all-time greats who failed to win a championship.
It is simplistic to say that the players with the most championships are the better ones.
But, between the star players, the elite ones, having rings is a measure of success.
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