Many athletes are SUPERSTARS . Many coaches are LEGENDS . Many moments are CLASSICS . But which are the best of the best Which ten will make THE MAD DOG HALL OF FAME "Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo's specialty." - Bob Costas The All-Time Top-Ten Players in Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, College Basketball, College Football The Top-Ten Coaches of All Time The All-Time Top-Ten Movers and Shakers in Sports The Top-Ten Sports Moments in History of All Time The Top-Ten Sports Venues of All Time It's The Big Question in the world of sports: Who's number one Which player Which coach Which team Now, the authors of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time, get down and dirty to tackle the central issue that consumes every sports fan: Which players, teams, venues, and moments would make the top-ten list of all time With characteristic candor, explosive energy, and unquestioned expertise, top-rated sports talk radio personality Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo tackles the tough questions head-on and creates his own personal Hall of Fame.
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Three Rivers Press
May 02, 2006
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Excerpt from The Mad Dog Hall of Fame by Chris Russo
The Top-Ten NBA Players of All Time
Will Elgin Baylor make the final cut Does Wilt tower over Michael
Basketball, especially pro basketball, is the ultimate individualist's game. One guy can and does make a huge difference for a team. Look at who wins championships. It's usually the team with the best player. Magic. Bird. Jordan. Hakeem. Shaq. Tim Duncan. They're all legendary players, and when a team like the Pistons sneaks in there and wins a championship, it's the exception rather than the rule. So I'm taking that into account in my rankings. Over the long term in the NBA, a team's success and the individual's success are intertwined. Everyone in this Top Ten won at least one championship, and most of the guys on the list have multiple titles. With that in mind, don't be surprised to see a lot of Lakers and Celtics on this list. In fact, there are only two guys who didn't play for one of those storied franchises at some point in their careers. So you can rant all you want about Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing. I'm not buying it. They're not going to crack this kind of a list without at least one championship ring.
The other thing is sort of an intangible factor. The history of professional basketball is full of giants, literally and figuratively, and I think every player on this list qualifies. Call it star power. Charisma. The ability to transcend the game. Some guys were more demonstrative, some were a little more laid-back. But every one of these guys had it.