Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rumors
RW: Do you think the title with the Lakers puts LeBron over the top in the G.O.A.T. debate? Mike Penberthy: I don’t know if it’s possible to compare eras. As a player, the NBA calls the game differently from a referee standpoint and the gameplay is played differently in all the eras. What rules are you comparing these guys in? I think [Michael] Jordan was the greatest in his era. I think Magic [Johnson] and [Larry] Bird were the best in their era. I think Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], who doesn’t get any love, I’ve always thought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the greatest basketball player to ever walk the earth because of what he did from the time he was 15 until the time he was 40.
Isiah Thomas: I as a elder in the basketball community recognize and credit the “evolution” of our #nba sport. I share my knowledge, experience and education with all @KingJames @kaj33 #Goat Status #on and #off the floor. Let it be known!
When combining average points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for every top tandem in the playoffs that has ever won an NBA championship, James and Davis ranked third overall at 92.81. The only two title-winning partnerships that they trailed statistically also happened to play for the Lakers, too. They were 2000-01 Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant (96.94) and 1979-80 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson (93.75).
ESPN Stats: LeBron James joins Michael Jordan as the only players with at least 4 Finals MVP awards. James is the 1st player to win the award with 3 different teams and 4th player to win Finals MVP at age 35 or older, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Jordan
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James tonight: ✅ 28 PTS ✅ 12 REB ✅ 8 AST It’s the 20th time he’s recorded at least 25p/10r/5a in a Finals game, double that of the next-closest player (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 10).
Ohm Youngmisuk: With 32 points and 14 rebounds and shooting 15 of 20, Anthony Davis is the fifth player in Finals history with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds and 75% shooting in a playoff game, joining Shaquille O’Neal (2x), Kevin McHale, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar per @ESPNStatsInfo
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James will play in his 50th NBA Finals game tonight. Only six others have reached that mark: 70 – Bill Russell 64 – Sam Jones 56 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 55 – Jerry West 52 – Tom Heinsohn 50 – Magic Johnson James is the only player above to do so with three different teams.