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    Shaq retiring

    He should have done this a couple of years ago. In my opinion, he was the most dominant center in NBA history.



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    He should have done this a couple of years ago. In my opinion, he was the most dominant center in NBA history.
    Ever heard of Bill Russell?



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    He's in the top 5 no doubt with these guys:

    Bill Russell - BEST
    Wilt
    Abdul-Jabbar
    Hakeem the dream

    and obviously George Muresan honorable mention...(ha)



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    Ever heard of Bill Russell?
    Did Bill Russell ever force the NBA to redesign the entire structure holding up the basket because he tore two of them down in his rookie year on fairly commonplace dunks?

    Yeah, dunks aren't the end-all-be-all of dominance, but Shaq was a beast in his prime and would have eaten Bill Russell for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and two snacks a day. Bill Russell's only hope of containing Shaq would be to put him at the free throw line, just like every other center that "competed" against him during his prime.


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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Bill Russell wasn't even the most dominant in his era. I'll take Wilt.



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    Ever heard of Bill Russell?
    Yup. Id take Shaq over him, Kareem, and Wilt



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Did Bill Russell ever force the NBA to redesign the entire structure holding up the basket because he tore two of them down in his rookie year on fairly commonplace dunks?

    Yeah, dunks aren't the end-all-be-all of dominance, but Shaq was a beast in his prime and would have eaten Bill Russell for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and two snacks a day. Bill Russell's only hope of containing Shaq would be to put him at the free throw line, just like every other center that "competed" against him during his prime.
    No, but he did force the rest of the NBA to redesign how they played the game in a feable attempt to complete, if that counts.

    Don't sell Russell short, the guy did win a gold medal as the captain of the US Olympic Team, won 2 NCAA MBB Championships at San Fransisco and then went on to of course lead the Celtics to 11 NBA Championships.



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    I think most people would agree on the top 5 centers of all time, but you could put them in almost any order.

    1. Shaq
    2. Wilt Chamberlain
    3. Bill Russell
    4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    5. Hakeem Olajuwon



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    The 1999-01 Shaq was absolutely unstoppable. He probably should have won more than four titles, the NBA really hadn't seen a player like him before.



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Awesome...now he can concentrate fulltime on "Shaq Verses"



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by BD4CY View Post
    I think most people would agree on the top 5 centers of all time, but you could put them in almost any order.

    1. Shaq
    2. Wilt Chamberlain
    3. Bill Russell
    4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    5. Hakeem Olajuwon
    What....no Manute Bol?



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    How about you guys break it out like this:

    -Shaq is the most physically imposing player to ever step foot on the court.
    -Olajuwon is the most skilled big man to ever play.
    -Kareem is the most consistent and possessed the most unstoppable shot in history.
    -Russell was the greatest teammate and winner to ever play.
    -Wilt was the original Shaq, a force that had never been seen.


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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    What....no Manute Bol?
    Clearly Shawn Bradley needs to be on this list too



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Yes13 View Post
    Bill Russell wasn't even the most dominant in his era. I'll take Wilt.
    Russell dominated Wilt. Wilt was a greedy, numbers driven guy. There is a reason why Russell spanked him year in, year out.



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    Re: Shaq retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    He should have done this a couple of years ago. In my opinion, he was the most dominant center in NBA history.
    Most dominant? Not really, perhaps could have been, but wasted a lot by not being in top shape all the time. Compare stats with some other former centers and he comes up short against a lot of them.


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