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Do you consider Michael Jordan the best Basketball Player to live or has he been

  1. Oldskool903 profile image75
    Oldskool903posted 8 years ago

    Do you consider Michael Jordan the best Basketball Player to live or has he been surpassed?

  2. Mike Lickteig profile image85
    Mike Lickteigposted 8 years ago

    I've gone on record many times as saying Wilt Chamberlain was the best basketball player to ever live.  The top five would likely include Chamberlain, Jordan, Abdul-Jabbar, Bird and perhaps LeBron James (although it is still early to elevate him to such lofty status).  I've argued extensively for Wilt on Steven Gomez' hub, as well as one of my own. 

    To answer your question in another way, the only guy currently in the NBA with a chance to eclipse Jordan is LeBron James, unless it is that new kid with the Milwaukee Bucks who dropped 50+ on a team awhile back.  It will take awhile to see how his career develops, of course--just like with James.  Based on comparing guys that have played since Jordan's time, no one (in my mind) has surpassed him. 

    But I still have to give some credit to Wilt for best-all-time status.

  3. profile image29
    cipriano000posted 8 years ago

    no,no he is the best player to live absolutly

  4. Mr. Magnanimous profile image61
    Mr. Magnanimousposted 8 years ago

    To the best of my knowledge, Michael Jordan is probably the best player to ever live because of the worldwide impact that he has had as a player.  There has been no other player to do the things he has done, in the fashion he has done.  He managed to change the game by taking the reins from Bird and Magic and transforming the game to a whole new WORLDWIDE level.  And he did it on so many levels, such as skill level, fashion, movie stardom, mega-endorsement deals, books, and transforming one of the largest segregated cities in America at the time into a welcoming, friendly city.  Before Mike, Chi-Town was notorious for its racial battlelines, at least among its citizens.  But after he won a couple rings, people of all races just became friendlier to one another, it seems, because we now all had something in common.  NO ONE REALLY DISCUSSES THE IMPACT MJ HAD ON THE CULTURE OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO.  And to me that is bigger and more important than the 6 championships he helped bring to the city. 

    And his fame never diminished after he left the game.  NEVER.  He caught a little flack for playing in D.C., but he has become a rather successful NBA owner in his own right.  It has been a pleasure to watch him grow as a player, a father, a man, and now a businessman.  He is the 1st former player to ever be a majority owner of an NBA team.  He has had the greatest impact on the game, as players still dress like him on the court and receive lucrative shoe deals like he did. 

    Kobe, I believe, is the closest thing to MJ.  And if it weren't for that Colorado incident and Shaq going to Miami, he just might be working on ring #7, 8, 9, or 10.  Lebron has a long way to go to reach the pinnacle of MJ, and it will take more than stats to get there.  Get 6, then we can talk.  He hasn't gotten 1 yet.

  5. jcales profile image61
    jcalesposted 7 years ago

    I'd say he is, especially when you look at his stats in the playoffs and finals. MJ reigns

  6. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    Let us wait for Lebron James records as he is still young and his records is amazing already, after five years he could surpassed them all. I was a fan of Bird and to my mind he is one of the greatest aside from Chamberlain and Jordan.

  7. bogerk profile image68
    bogerkposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely. He was as tough as nails back when the league was a lot rougher than it is today and everyone gave him their very best game and he still beat them.

    He could dunk, shoot, pass, defend and developed the fade away late in his career. There was nothing he wasn't great at on the court.

  8. fatheadfred profile image54
    fatheadfredposted 7 years ago

    Michael Jordan will never ever be surpassed

  9. Tim Quam profile image59
    Tim Quamposted 4 years ago

    I'm going with Jordan.  In addition to winning NBA MVP five times, he once won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.  Jordan was a tremendously well-rounded player.  His finest week didn't come during the NBA playoffs, it came during the 1988-89 season when he had to fill in at point guard during a four game west-coast trip in which the Bulls went 4-0, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, and Seattle SuperSonics — the No. 1, 2, 3, and 5 teams in the Pacific Division that year.  For the trip he averaged nearly a triple double: 27 points, 13.5 assists, and 9.25 rebounds.  He also totaled 11 steals on the trip.