NBA Legends who are not the GOAT
This comes up every playoff time involving great active players such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James right now in 2011. Whenever one of them goes deep in a playoff run putting up good statistics and highlight plays, the media and former players gas these guys up. The method is definitely a “prisoner of the moment” type thing. Why do you guys do it? There is a lot of front running and some trolling. All good though. I’m ready. We’re ready. My body is ready. Let’s do this. Remember that the standards are extremely high and strict. These legends have great accomplishments. However, further scrutiny causes them not be the ultimate GOAT.
The all time greats
Stuff that held these men back:
Tim Duncan (not retired as of this writing)
Kobe Bryant (not retired as of this writing)
Karl Malone and John Stockton
Nice achievements all around, but they are eliminated from “the best NBA player ever” arguments because they did not accumulate enough. The significant advanced metrics show that they do not meet the rigid requirements either. You can debate endlessly, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. No negotiations or bending rules. Nope, that cannot happen here. You can sit at a computer and write long essays in a message board on why your favorite player up above should not be eliminated. It will not change anything. They are all great players yet elimination has to occur to arrive at one player.
Fight through the pain. In other words, deal with it. The facts show it so keep the emotions in check. Be happy that your player was even mentioned. It’s already tough making the list.