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Old 04-04-2002, 10:56 PM   #21
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Originally posted by speedracer:
I've never been impressed with Jordan's defensive ability. It seems like he makes all his defensive plays when he gets assigned to the other team's weaker guard and can play help defense against guys driving to the basket.
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Old 04-04-2002, 10:59 PM   #22
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Originally posted by Hewson:
Actually I would take Kevin McHale over Karl Malone without question.
Fact: Kevin McHale only player in NBA history to shoot 60%FG and 80%FT in same season.

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Malone will go down with better career stats, however....

McHale at his best was better than Malone. Many feel that McHale was the greatest power forward of all time. He had the complete package.

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Originally posted by Hitman:

Malone will go down with better career stats, however....

Simple longevity.
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Taking nothing away from Jordan, anyone who thinks Rodman and Longley would have fared well against McHale and Parrish has been smoking too much crack. Fact: the 85-86 Celtics with Bird, McHale, Parrish and sixth man of the year Bill Walton would have killed, no MURDERED the Bulls up front. Take a look at McHales stats when he matched up with Rodman--he ate him alive. We're talking a frontcourt consisting of 4 (FOUR) of the 50-Greatest NBA players of all time. Three of them (Mchale, Parrish and Walton) were 6'11" or taller. McHale, Bird and Parrish were in their primes. Walton, as I mentioned before was still great enough to be sixth man of the year. The backcourt wasn't as spectacular but it featured two all stars in Ainge and DJ, both of whom were excellent defensive players. The Celts had a great bench beyond Walton. And that Celtics team won 67 games in a time before the league was the watered down mess it was when the Bulls won 72.
Celtics in six games. If Jordan weren't so spectacular it would be a sweep.

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Old 04-06-2002, 12:41 AM   #25
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Bill Walton averaged 7.6 pts and 6.8 rbs, the simple fact is he was a mere shadow of the player he was in the 70s and early 80s, fighting thru numerous injuries that would soon end his career, the 6th Man Award was a bi-product of the Celtics great season

McHale vs. Rodman: Detroit pushed Boston to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals in 86-87 (with Larry Legend providing the heroics in that series, not McHale); Detroit then defeated Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals the following year before losing to the Lakers; McHale and Rodman matched up again in 90-91 as the World Champion Pistons eliminated the Celts easily

now Matthew and anyone else, please provide these cherised stats you speak of that supposedly indicate how McHale "ate up" Rodman, Rodman was a perennial first team all-defense member from 88 thru 98, winning Defensive Player of the Year on a couple of occasions (and leading the NBA in rebounding during this same time, the pinnacle in 92 when he average 19 per game); and let's remember that Rodman's prime was began in the late 80s

career stats...

Kevin McHale: 18 pts, 7 rbs, 1.7 assts, 7-time all-star, 3 NBA titles

Karl Malone: 26 pts, 10.5 rbs, 3.5 assts, 2-time MVP, 14-time all-star, 2 Western Conference titles

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Danny Ainge averaged 10 pts, 5 assists in 85-86, and was not an all-star, sorry


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