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Bob Pettit: I played against some of the greatest players to ever play the game. When you start picking centers, it’s hard to beat Wilt and Bill Russell. In my opinion, Russell is the greatest player who ever played. I’d pick him to start my team, in his prime, any time. Then the Lakers had both Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. They were such wonderful players. You have to include Oscar Robertson, too. He’s one of the greatest all-around players to ever play. These guys can play any time, anywhere and be extremely successful. You can build a team around any of them today.
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Bob Pettit: 'My favorite player to watch is Kevin Durant'

Bob Pettit: My favorite player to watch is Kevin Durant. I consider myself a forward. He’s such an incredible player but I watch him because that’s the position that I played when I was playing basketball. I would not have wanted to have played against him, I know that. I think he would be as effective then as he is now. When the game gets on the line, he’s looking to take the shot. In any era, Kevin would have become an outstanding and wonderful player. But you’ve got all kinds of great players that just leave you in awe and you keep your mouth open when you’re watching them. It feels like every team has two, three or four great players on it who you can enjoy watching any night you watch them play.
Bob Pettit: I think the most underrated player who ever played in my era was Elgin Baylor. People seem to forget how great of a player he was. He was absolutely incredible. He was the first forward that I ever saw who could come down and bring the ball up the court on the press. He was a really good ball-handler, outside shooter, rebounder and he averaged 34 points per game three times. He’s the most underrated player of my era that I ever saw.
Bob Pettit: I only played 11 years. I only played 11 years because I had an opportunity at the end of my 11th year for a wonderful job with a bank in Baton Rouge. The chairman of the board brought me in two years in advance. He told me he wanted me for this job. He said I could play two more years of basketball. I immediately said I would do it. I called Ben Kerner, who owned the St. Louis Hawks, and I said: ‘Ben, I’m playing two more years. Then I’m getting out.’ But I only got out because I had an opportunity. All of us realized, in those days, we had to have a job after basketball. I had one I wanted and I grabbed it and I retired.