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  • Who is your favorite basketball player of all time?

    Larry Bird is my favorite player.

    Why? Just take a look...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rto2_oYVs0I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoGmMx8Ejrw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdMjK-60H-k

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm09KPkUOjM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avbi0J9F3wk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whFskoUBpZQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMeNjB-c54


    The versatile, sharpshooting Bird made his name stepping up his performance in critical situations, and is credited with a long list of dominating games, buzzer beaters and clutch defensive plays.

    Bird scored 24.3 points per game in his career on a high .496 field goal average, a stellar .886 free throw average (9th best all-time) and a 37.6 percentage on 3-point shots. Bird was also a good rebounder (10.0 rebound career average) and an excellent playmaker (6.3 assist career average). His multidimensional game made him a consistent triple-double threat.

    Bird currently ranks fifth all-time in triple-doubles with 59, not including the 10 he recorded in the playoffs. Bird's lifetime player efficiency rating (PER) is 23.5, 16th all-time, a further testament to his all around game. Additionally, he is the only 20, 10, 5 player in NBA history (points, rebounds, assists) with a lifetime PRA rating (points + rebounds + assists) of 40.6, 8th all-time. Bird was the first player in NBA history to shoot 50% or better on field goals, 40% on 3-pointers, and 90% on free-throws in a single NBA season while achieving the league minimum for makes in each category.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Bird


    Carrer highlights and awards

    3x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 and 1986)
    3x NBA MVP (84, 85 and 86)
    2x NBA Finals MVP (84 and 86)
    12x All-Star (1980-1988, 1990-1992)
    9x All-NBA First Team Selection (1980-1988)
    1980 NBA Rookie of the Year


    Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird. —Magic Johnson, as quoted at Bird's retirement party
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  • #2
    Alonzo Mourning.



    Great player. Great inspirational figure. And for what he does in the community, a great human being.

    Alonzo Mourning Charities.

    Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $7 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families. In addition to supporting other non-profit organizations, Mourning has focused his attention to stimulating the development of youth enrichment centers. With the help of donors, Mourning opened the first center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown, in South Florida, known as the Overtown Youth Center. The next center is targeted for the city of Miami Gardens.

    A major component of AM Charities is the Honey Shine Mentoring Program that works to empower young girls to shine as women. The bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that make up the program helps develop and nurture the mind, body, and soul of young women, by providing experiences that enlighten and create balance in their lives.

    In addition, Zo’s Fund for Life mission is empower individuals and their families who are affected by kidney disease and organ transplantation by providing hope through research, advocacy, and education. The foundation was formed in 2001 after Mourning was diagnosed with Focal Glomerularsclerosis, a rare genetic kidney disease that was diagnosed after a routine pre-season team physical.

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    • #3
      Wilt Chamberlain.

      He slept with more women than you could shake a stick at!

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      • #4
        More vintage Larry Bird...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ChmRhlFzk0

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaKRghcLQSY

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCPcllt8At4

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_smamA0fDhM

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p-9GI85xcs

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGdWhIa6QiI

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm09KPkUOjM

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FcgSs_Zb8A

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp0NMFf9Dkg

        Btw, I'm a huge Celtics fan.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Zouave View Post
          Btw, I'm a huge Celtics fan.
          The team with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge has got to be one of the best of all time. Back when the game was fun to watch and there wasn't so much trash talking and selfish play.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by llkinak View Post
            The team with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge has got to be one of the best of all time. Back when the game was fun to watch and there wasn't so much trash talking and selfish play.
            I couldn't agree more.

            Basketball was so much better in the 80's and early 90's.
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            • #7
              A favorite player? One player means nothing. Last time I checked, basketball was meant to be a team game.

              The greatest team, in every sense of the word, was the 1970 NBA Champion New York Knicks. They had good players, to be sure, but their greatness came from setting aside their individual desires and working as a team, from their most famous stars down to the twelfth man on the bench to the ticket-taker at the Garden's sales booth. They didn't show each other up. They picked up for their down teamates. They epitomized TEAM. If forced to name one of them as my "favorite," I'll say Willis Reed, the captain, whose inspirational appearence in game 7 of the Finals against the Lakers charged up his teamates, and even that game's most valuable player, Walt "Clyde" Frazier (36 points, 19 assists, and five steals) to this day gladly announces to all within earshot that Reed's two field goals is what led them to victory that night. But even in mentioning Reed and Frazier, I feel remiss by omitting Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett, Cazzie Russell, Mike Riordan, and coach Red Holzman, whose "team first" philosophy made the Knicks into champs, on and off the court.

              And just to prove that it was no fluke, after adding Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and getting Phil Jackson back from spinal surgury, they beat the Lakers again in 1973.

              No prima donna superstars concentrating on slams for Sports Center, the 1970 (and '73) Knicks were a team that pulled together to win.





              Just watch Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and the rest of the Lakers halt their warm-ups to watch Willis Reed's -- and in so doing they betrayed their composure draining away.


              That's character: the Lakers didn't have it -- the Knicks did.

              http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&t...+reed&gs_rfai=
              http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/NYK/1970.html
              http://www.insidehoops.com/coach/phil-jackson.shtml
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              • #8
                Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                A favorite player? One player means nothing. Last time I checked, basketball was meant to be a team game.

                The greatest team, in every sense of the word, was the 1970 NBA Champion New York Knicks. They had good players, to be sure, but their greatness came from setting aside their individual desires and working as a team, from their most famous stars down to the twelfth man on the bench to the ticket-taker at the Garden's sales booth. They didn't show each other up. They picked up for their down teamates. They epitomized TEAM. If forced to name one of them as my "favorite," I'll say Willis Reed, the captain, whose inspirational appearence in game 7 of the Finals against the Lakers charged up his teamates, and even that game's most valuable player, Walt "Clyde" Frazier (36 points, 19 assists, and five steals) to this day gladly announces to all within earshot that Reed's two field goals is what led them to victory that night. But even in mentioning Reed and Frazier, I feel remiss by omitting Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett, Cazzie Russell, Mike Riordan, and coach Red Holzman, whose "team first" philosophy made the Knicks into champs, on and off the court.

                And just to prove that it was no fluke, after adding Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and getting Phil Jackson back from spinal surgury, they beat the Lakers again in 1973.

                No prima donna superstars concentrating on slams for Sports Center, the 1970 (and '73) Knicks were a team that pulled together to win.
                slick_miester,

                I agree with you... Basketball was meant to be a team game, but...

                IMHO, every basketball fan is entitled to have a favorite player. Mine is Larry Bird (I'm not talking about divas like Lebron James).

                Larry Bird could go off for 40 a night whenever he chose. However, people playing around Larry Bird knew that if they simply worked hard and got open, they were going to get opportunities. Bird knew that by giving his teammates opportunities, they would work harder because they were happier and more satisfied with their role on the team, thus leading to greater possibilities for winning.

                Btw, the Knicks had a great team in the early 70's. No doubt about it.
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                • #9
                  I have one! Wes Unseld of the Baltimore Bullets. He was a 6'8" Center playing against 7 Footers! Now he is in the Washington Management System. How many Center's would play Defense?

                  I agree "Clyde the Glide" Frazier was good.

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                  • #10
                    My favorite is Michael Jordan...I watched him with my nephew that i raised and i even like Dennis Rodman....alright i ready for the punches...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Zouave View Post
                      However, people playing around Larry Bird knew that if they simply worked hard and got open, they were going to get opportunities. Bird knew that by giving his teammates opportunities, they would work harder because they were happier and more satisfied with their role on the team, thus leading to greater possibilities for winning.
                      Then by standard, the greatest player in NBA history was Bill Russell, hands down.



                      I can't find the video, but I remember an interview that Bob Cousy gave where he expressed regret that he was not a better teamate, and a better friend, to Bill Russell -- then he broke down and sobbed. I don't ever recall Russell -- or anyone else, for that matter -- criticizing Cousy's relationship with Russell. Indeed, by all acounts, they're close friends to this day, but for some reason, Cousy felt that he should have done more for him. That's the kind of sentiment and loyalty that Russell inspired in his teamates.

                      Or for another take, just listen to the big talker himself:



                      As a player you can't help but to repect his accomplishments -- but as a man, you'll admire his character.

                      Imagine that: there was a time when "NBA" and "character" could be spoken in the same sentence.
                      Last edited by slick_miester; 04 Jul 10, 00:28.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                        Then by standard, the greatest player in NBA history was Bill Russell, hands down.

                        I can't find the video, but I remember an interview that Bob Cousy gave where he expressed regret that he was not a better teamate, and a better friend, to Bill Russell -- then he broke down and sobbed. I don't ever recall Russell -- or anyone else, for that matter -- criticizing Cousy's relationship with Russell. Indeed, by all acounts, they're close friends to this day, but for some reason, Cousy felt that he should have done more for him. That's the kind of sentiment and loyalty that Russell inspired in his teamates.

                        As a player you can't help but to repect his accomplishments -- but as a man, you'll admire his character.

                        Imagine that: there was a time when "NBA" and "character" could be spoken in the same sentencfe.
                        I have the utmost respect for him as a player and as a man (come on... I'm a Celtics fan! ), but Larry Bird is still my favorite player ever.

                        Btw... Will the Knicks ever win a title again?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zouave View Post
                          I have the utmost respect for him as a player and as a man (come on... I'm a Celtics fan! ), but Larry Bird is still my favorite player ever.
                          Fair enough.

                          Originally posted by Zouave View Post
                          Btw... Will the Knicks ever win a title again?
                          Perhaps right after the Dolan's sell the team.
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                          • #14
                            Billy Barty, all 3'9" of him.........but then again, I quit paying attention to "hoops" years ago.

                            As a person I did and still do find Bill Russell very interesting and I did enjoy his play when I did pay attention to the game.

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                            Dennis
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by llkinak View Post
                              The team with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge has got to be one of the best of all time. Back when the game was fun to watch and there wasn't so much trash talking and selfish play.
                              Larry Bird was one of the biggest trash talkers in the history of the game.



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                              Last edited by The Ibis; 04 Jul 10, 20:02.

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