Tag:Larry Bird
Posted on: August 2, 2008 4:01 pm
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Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.4)

4th greatest NBA player of all-time:

Magic Johnson, PG

How would it be to be a point guard... but one night play the center position instead?

You could ask Magic Johnson, who in my eyes is the greatest point guard to ever play the game. Why? He had the passing ability of a point guard but the dominance of a center. He had the shooting of a shooting guard and the defense of a small forward. He was a beast on the court no matter where he played. If you needed him to shoot threes, he could. If you needed him to crash the boards, he would.

There was not much Magic couldn't do. He was the point guard in the fabled Showtime, which also consisted of James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Together, those three destroyed opponents with their Showtime offense.

Magic worked hard, and you could see it on the court. He was most well known for the time when he played center in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Dr.J led 76ers. Kareem had injured his ankle in Game 5, so Magic, playing center in Game 6, led the Lakers to the win and the championship title.

Here are the awards that highlighted Magic's career:

Magic Johnson will always be remembered for something else as well... A rivalry with Larry Bird that has not faded over all these years. The rivalry of Magic and Bird was one that entertained the fans while providing a great game when the Lakers took on the Celtics.

4. Magic Johnson
5. Bill Russell
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajwon

Coming tomorrow: #3 and #2 players of all-time

Posted on: July 30, 2008 1:26 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 Players of All-Time (No.6)

6th best player of all-time:

Larry Bird, SF

A lot of great shooters have played in the NBA. However, whenever it came to pure shooting, Larry Bird couldn't be beat. He had a deadly jump shot that almost always in.

But that was not all Bird could do. He was a good rebounder, a good passer, played great defense, and was as clutch as their was in his time. He was also very confident in himself, and his confidence was evident in his style of play.

He was a very hardworking player as well, and a role model to younger players that were looking to make a name for themselves in the NBA.

Here are some of Larry Legend's accomplishments:

Paired with Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, the Celtics trio of Bird-McHale-Parish is arguably the greatest frontcourt in NBA history. With Larry Legend draining threes from the perimeter, McHale crashing the boards, and Parish playing aggressive defense, the Celtics were unstoppable.

Larry Bird's career will be remembered as that of a warrior's, a warrior who worked hard to excel in every area of the game. He will always be a role model to young shooters in the NBA.

6.   Larry Bird
7.   Oscar Robertson
8.   Elgin Baylor
9.   Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Coming later today: 5th best player of all-time

Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:30 pm
 

20 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

1. Wilt Chamberlain, C
2. Magic Johnson, PG
3. Michael Jordan, SG
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C
5. Bill Russell, C
6. Larry Bird, SF
7. Oscar Robertson, PG
8. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF
10. Shaquille O'Neal, C
11. Jerry West, SG
12. Elgin Baylor, SF
13. Kobe Bryant, SG
14. Julius Erving, SF
15. Karl Malone, PF
16. David Robinson, C 
17. Moses Malone, C
18. Elvin Hayes, PF
19. Pete Maravich, SG
20. John Stockton, PG

Thoughts?

Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:11 pm
 

All-Time NBA Teams

First Team

PG- Magic Johnson (could do it all, played all five positions at one point in his career, great leader)
SG- Michael Jordan (hands down one of the greatest athletes ever, he was great)
SF- Larry Bird (drained threes like free throws, greatest shooter ever)
PF- Tim Duncan (had a calm personality off the court, dominated opponents on the court)
C- Wilt Chamberlain (one of the most dominating centers)

Second Team

PG- Oscar Robertson (great overall game for a point guard)
SG- Jerry West (combined high scoring offense with lockdown defense)
SF- Elgin Baylor (averaged thirteen boards a game... word.)
PF- Karl Malone (made up one of the most feared duos in basketball history, great inside presence)
C- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (so many MVP awards I've lost count, sick sky hook)

Third Team

PG- John Stockton (master passer, threw assists to the Mailman in his sleep)
SG- Kobe Bryant (can make any shot from any location)
SF- Julius Erving (the best doctor and showman in the history of the NBA)
PF- Elvin Hayes (very underrated, great rebounding and defense)
C- Bill Russell (more rings than fingers... sweet)

Posted on: June 2, 2008 10:15 am
 

NBA Finals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG- Derek Fisher
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Vladimir Radmanovic
PF- Lamar Odom
C- Pau Gasol

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Boston Celtics:

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Ray Allen
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- Kevin Garnett
C- Kendrick Perkins

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Two of the best dynasties in NBA history, either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics will add another championship ring to their already large collection.

In Los Angeles, the stars went from Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor, to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to the Shaq days, and now to what you could call the Kobe Bryant era.

In Boston, the stars went from Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, and slowly to the Big Three era of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

Now, one of these teams will win again, something that both of these teams sure know how to do.

On one side, you have the surprise team, the Celtics, who made huge changes in the offseason, acquired Garnett from Minnesota, Allen from Seattle, and rolled to the best record in the NBA. Also, a young prospect named Rajon Rondo showed he's not all hype.

On the other side, you have the Lakers, who are down but never out. Led by young prospect Andrew Bynum for the early part of the season, the Lakers looked stronger than ever. However, when tragedy struck and Bynum got injured for the season, the Lakers traded Javaris Crittenton in a package deal to Memphis for big man Pau Gasol. Gasol's impact on the team was amazing, as the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West.

The battle of the number one seeds should be a great one, but a quick one. The Cetlics' road woes throughout the postseason is a major cause of concern, and something the Lakers will look to take advantage of. The Lakers also have a problem, however, with being able to stop all of the Big Three, which will require some great defense throughout the series. Also, will the Celtics be able to stop the phenomenal NBA MVP Kobe Bryant? They did stop LeBron James, but remember that took 7 games to do. And the Lakers, unlike the Cavaliers, have other stars. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are both excellent options.

If you compare the matchups:

D.Fisher vs. R.Rondo (Advantage Fisher)
K.Bryant vs. R.Allen (Advantage Bryant)
V.Radmanovic vs. P.Pierce (Advantage Pierce)
LOdom vs. K.Garnett (Advantage Garnett)
P.Gasol vs. K.Perkins (Advantage Gasol)

Although the Lakers win the matchup battle three to two, the Rondo-Fisher matchup could really go either way, so the head-to-head matchups don't provide much help after all.

However, if you combine the Kobe Bryant factor, the Celtics' road woes, the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom factor, the fact that Phil Jackson is still a great coach after all these years, and Doc Rivers is just okay at best, and lastly the fact that the Lakers are simply the better team, then you get the winner...

Prediction: Lakers in 5
NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:20 pm
 

Ranking the All-Time Great Small Forwards

Last one, and I'm brain-dead...

  • Larry Bird
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Julius Erving
  • LeBron James
  • John Havlicek (or is he a SG?)
  • Rick Barry
  • Scottie Pippen
  • James Worthy
  • n/a

Soon I'll post my top 20 players of all-time...

Posted on: March 17, 2008 10:09 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2008 2:49 pm
 

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams of All-Time

Here we go (off the top of my head). I'm probably missing some better teams, but here's what I got:

  • 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman
  • 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers (69-13) led by Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West
  • 1985-1986 Boston Celtics (67-15) led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish
  • 1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers (65-17) led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy
  • 1964-1965 Boston Celtics (62-18) led by Bill Russell, John Havlicek

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