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This season, Beal took command. With Wall out since December 2018 due to Achilles injuries, Beal averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists with a 57.9 true shooting percentage this season, numbers that have been exceeded in a single season by only Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and James Harden. But the Wizards have treaded water at 24-40, and though they made the cut to resume play in Orlando later this month, their season is basically over: Wall, Beal (rotator cuff injury), and breakthrough stretch big Davis Bertans (free agency) will all sit out the restart. To qualify for the postseason play-in tournament, the Wizards would need to win two or more games than the Nets or Magic with only eight games to play. Good luck doing that when Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr., and Rui Hachimura are your new Big Three.
Jerry Reinsdorf: “In my mind, anytime anybody wants to talk to me about comparing Michael to LeBron (James), I’m going to tell them to please don’t waste my time. I’m really pleased it showed how great Michael was to people who hadn’t seen him play. I’m truly tired of people trying to compare LeBron to Michael when it’s not even close. They should try to compare LeBron with Oscar Robertson or Magic Johnson. Michael was so head and shoulders over everybody, and that really came out in this documentary. He was a phenomenon. We may never see another like him.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
However, one former player who had his fair share of success during his career, believes that the conversation being limited to only LeBron and Jordan is a mistake. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a household name during his storied career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, and he thinks other players deserve to be in the “GOAT” conversation. “I really have a problem with that. Because out of all the guys that played the game, you’re only having a conversation with these two guys as the GOAT,” Drexler said in an interview on The A-Team, a Houston-area sports podcast. “When you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players who ever lived, I think you should start with those two. You got guys like Larry Bird, Dr. J, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West all of those guys are in the conversation. I love both Michael and LeBron but let’s not take something away from the other guys who played.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
However, one former player who had his fair share of success during his career, believes that the conversation being limited to only LeBron and Jordan is a mistake. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a household name during his storied career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, and he thinks other players deserve to be in the “GOAT” conversation. “I really have a problem with that. Because out of all the guys that played the game, you’re only having a conversation with these two guys as the GOAT,” Drexler said in an interview on The A-Team, a Houston-area sports podcast. “When you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players who ever lived, I think you should start with those two. You got guys like Larry Bird, Dr. J, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West all of those guys are in the conversation. I love both Michael and LeBron but let’s not take something away from the other guys who played.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Charles Barkley isn’t putting LeBron James and Kobe Bryant into the elite of the elite in NBA history. The Hall of Famer left the two modern-era stars out of his top 5 NBA players of all-time when asked what his list would be during an appearance on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s “Coffee with Cal” show this week. “Michael’s [Jordan] one, Oscar Robertson’s two,” Barkley said. “[Bill] Russell, Wilt [Chamberlain] and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], no particular order after Michael.”
Asked if he now considers Jordan the greatest of all time, Frazier stopped short. “I always ask what’s the criteria when you say the greatest ever,’’ Frazier said. “If it’s Superman, it’s Wilt Chamberlain. I have (Kareem) Abdul-Jabbar as a career-leading scorer. Versatility is Oscar Robertson. Winning is Bill Russell. Those are the four guys. Actually I’d say Wilt Chamberlain because when we played in the 70s and flied commercial, you go through the airport and people would say either ‘Are you a Globetrotter or Wilt Chamberlain?’ That’s all the people knew.’’
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Justin Kubatko: Teammates with a 30-point, 15-rebound game and a 45-point, 10-assist game in the same game: ✅ Elgin Baylor & Jerry West ✅ Jerry Lucas & Oscar Robertson ✅ Kevin McHale & Larry Bird ✅ Tim Duncan & Tony Parker ✅ John Collins & Trae Young (last night)
Justin Kubatko: Nikola Jokic is the first non-point guard in NBA history to record at least 10 triple-doubles in three consecutive seasons. Most consecutive seasons with 10+ triple-doubles: 6 – Oscar Robertson. 5 – Magic Johnson. 5 – Russell Westbrook. 4 – Johnson. 3 – Jason Kidd. 3 – Jokic. pic.twitter.com/Ut1FnmxS9V
Doncic has squirmed several times when asked about his statistical accomplishments this season. For example, he insisted that nobody compared to Michael Jordan when his run of 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist outings surpassed Jordan’s for the longest such streak by anyone other than Oscar Robertson. Doncic’s streak reached 20 games before ending when he sprained his ankle. “I don’t mind, but [it’s] just stats. I think every game is another stat,” Doncic said, referring to frequent notes on the rare historical company he joins statistically. “For me, all I would say is it’s more important to get a win.”
He currently ranks 10th with 8,879 assists, but he will soon surpass Gary Payton (8,966), Isiah Thomas (9,061) and perhaps even Chris Paul (9,290) this season. Assuming he maintains his season average of 11 per game, James should top Payton and Thomas at some point in the middle of this season. Paul, who is currently with the Oklahoma City Thunder in his 15th season, has stayed healthy and productive thus far. Considering Paul’s extensive injury history though, James could make up enough ground to climb ahead of his close friend either late this season or early next season. James should also eclipse Oscar Robertson (9,887 assists) next season and Magic Johnson (10,141), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Steve Nash (10,335) in two years. It seems like a stretch James could surpass Jason Kidd (12,091) and John Stockton (15,806). “I’ve been fortunate to be able to play with great teammates and great coaches in three great organizations so far in my career,” James said. “I just hope I make anyone who has followed my career proud.”
Justin Kubatko: The @Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic is just the fifth player in NBA history to produce totals of at least 150 points, 50 rebounds, and 50 assists in his first six games of a season. The others to do so are Oscar Robertson (4x), Russell Westbrook (2x), John Havlicek, and LeBron James.
Westbrook recorded the 139th triple-double of his career with his 28-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist performance in Saturday’s 126-123 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, moving past Magic Johnson for the second most in NBA history behind Oscar Robertson. “I know nowadays, getting a triple-double seems normal, but I take a pride, a lot of energy, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of things I do off the floor to prepare myself to be able to compete every single night and play at a high level,” Westbrook said. “For me, that’s a great accomplishment, especially growing up and never even thinking I’d be playing in the NBA. Now being there and being in the history books is just a blessing to me and something that I don’t take for granted one bit.”
Al Attles: Not many from my era could play today. Bill Russell could have played today. Oscar Robertson. Come on. You got guys now who think they’re better than Oscar Robertson? This is a different game now. But not many guys of that size would be able to deal with Oscar Robertson. They would go out there and go, ‘Oh, God, Oscar Robertson.’ Oh, my goodness. Bill Russell, Sam Jones. But I would also say Guy Rogers. Guy Rogers probably, in my mind, was as good with the basketball as anybody today. And I’m talking about just with the ball. I’m not saying shooting and all that. But I’m talking about with the ball going where he wanted it to go.
Zion Williamson became the eighth Duke player to win the Oscar Robertson award, and the seventh Blue Devil to win the AP award. He’s the third freshmen after Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis to capture both awards. “I think the NBA is fortunate to get a young player like you to go in, along with some other stars, and be very productive,” Robertson said.
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Oscar Robertson: “The next thing is you don’t know what team you’re going to go to in the NBA, but I hope you get with the right team because you’re going to be a tremendous star for the NBA. It’s just wonderful to have players like you to enter the NBA because the NBA is a great basketball league, and only for players like you will it go forward. So I’m happy to congratulate you on winning this award.”