I've been debating my plan of attack for this blog. There's so many ways to go here, but let's start with a fact: Paul Pierce bashed Lebron (again) by claiming he's not a Top Five Player in NBA History.
The Truth then went around and doubled down like KFC in 2010; listing two more players that aren't Lebron in his now Top 7 NBA players of all-time.
Since Paul Pierce is a Celtics legend and doesn't kiss Lebron's three rings (in nine trips to the Finals) like the majority of NBA talking heads...... he's getting dragged on NBA twitter; similarly to how he was dragged to a wheelchair after pooping his pants.
Based on athletic ability and individual stats there's no denying Lebron is an all-time great NBA player. Maybe the best athlete in league history? I am not a huge fan of him as a person, but there is no denying his greatness (because his dickriders will assault you if you don't). He's a 4x MVP and 3x NBA Champ. The man is a brick shit house. I am convinced he could've been better than Randy Moss and Gronk put together had he played in the NFL like a man.
(it's a joke; he made the right call).
Lebron is a top 5 all-time player in my opinion, but see the problem here is that Paul's Top 5 is already a very good five without him. I agree that Lebron deserves a seat at the table, but who are you making stand-up for him?
MJ is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all-time; the Last Dance cemented it. 6-0 in the NBA Finals; 6x Finals MVP; 5x MVP; 10x scoring champ... No need to waste anymore time here. Like Leo in the Wolf of Wallstreet, he's not fucking leaving (this list).
You're gonna try to tell me the man who leads the NBA all-time in points, forced the NCAA to outlaw dunking to give white guys a chance, AND appeared in one of the funniest movies of all time doesn't deserve a seat at the table?
To his credit, Lebron was actually good in Trainwreck. But can the average person remember one line from that movie? It doesn't matter in the longrun. Nobody's favorite movie is Trainwreck.
Kareem won MVPs nine years apart. Not only that, he's one of the most intelligent and respected athletes of all-time. His impact goes far beyond the hardwood.
Speaking of that final photo in the Kareem section; Bill Russell.
Are you going to be like every other moron that doesn't understand the NBA existed before 1984? Bill Russell is an 11x NBA Champion. Yes, he played in the days of second jobs in the off-season and there were only nine teams in the NBA for a good chunk of Russell's career. So what?
You can't hold that against him. Yes it was a different era, but he was a beast in that era. You can only play who's in front of you. If he was 40 years younger you don't think he would've trained differently? Bill Russell didn't grow up going to 23 different AAU tournaments every summer. He grew in the Jim Crow south trying to stay alive.
Bill Russell was such an important black figure in the 1960's that MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR wanted him up on the stage during the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Lebron 110% would've accepted the invite and found a way to make I Have a Dream about him. You're going to tell a man who spoke with Dr. King, is the namesake of the NBA Finals MVP award and never lost to Wilt when it mattered doesn't belong at this table?
If you are power ranking most important players in NBA history I don't think there will be many names before Magic.
Magic and Larry saved the NBA in the 80's and helped transform it into the multi-billion dollar business you see today. In his days with the Showtime Lakers, Magic Johnson won 5 NBA Championships and played in 3 more. The 12x All Star and 3x MVP averaged 19.5, 11 and 7 over the course of his career that was tragically cut short by the HIV virus. Magic's last full season was at only 31. Who knows what else he could've done?
Are you going to take away a chair for the man who played a major role in the destigmatization of HIV AND is doing more to help small businesses during C than Uncle Sam?
Kobe Bryant is the closest thing the NBA has ever had to Michael Jordan (on the court) since he retired for good in 2003. By that point Kobe was already a 3x champ and 5x All-NBA performer. This man has two numbers retired by the 2nd most successful franchise in NBA history.
His death rattled the entire world and we shout his name when throwing away various light objects. He will be forever remembered as the Black Mamba, but his legacy is so much greater than that. Are you going to tell Vanessa that Kobe doesn't have a seat at this table anymore?
Obviously Lebron belongs in the top 5 NBA players of all-time, but Paul Pierce moves the needle and during Quarantine people are looking for a way to kill a few minutes. No shit he's still butthurt for 2011 and 2012. But for real how can you take away a seat from one of these men just because Lebron's a freak AND is probably going to retire the all-time leading scorer and assist man?