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Old 06-03-2006, 06:10 AM   #1
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Did anyone else read Bill slimm-ones usual shiat but popular column on Friday where he called the Ben block on Shaq the "end of Shaq!". LOL.

Shaq has put his team back in the finals.

Unless he gets wanked 4-0 he's a true legend.

If he wins he goes down as the Greatest Centre(er) ever!!!
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Old 06-03-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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If he wins he goes down as the Greatest Centre(er) ever!!!

agreed. hes the most dominant and pretty much wherever he went, no matter what the circumstances are...it equaled to success.
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Old 06-03-2006, 06:44 AM   #3
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It does show his decline. Simmons has a good point there. Shaq never got blocked like that, period.

That said, he is still the best center in the league, at least for one more year imo and is still the biggest reason for his teams success.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:08 AM   #4
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Shaq IS a legend, nobody's denying that.
IMO, though, his status is pretty much fixed, at least in my book. I had his career at No4 (slightely above Hakeem's), but clearly below Jabbar's, who was my No3. If he wins the title and the MVP, he'll cut the margin, but not bridge it.

(I may move him one step above in the all-time players' list, though).
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Shaq is great, no doubt. If he wins his 4th ring he"ll become even greater. However, I think Kareem is the greatest center ever.
He dominated HS, college and the NBA like no other player in the history of the NBA.
Kareem is the goat IMO.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:22 AM   #6
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Im not sure he goes down as the greatest ever.

He is certainly in the arguement though.

Wilt, Russell, Kareem and Hakeem all have legit cases over him. Hakeem won "more" with less, by that he won his titles in a much stronger league. Kareem has longevity on his side, was dominant, has it all really. Wilt is the most amazing statistically, Russell just flat out won. I think Shaq is in that group. It doesnt really matter what he does from here, win or lose, 6 trips to the finals is pretty incredible always as the best player. Cant really argue against that :)
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He dominated HS, college and the NBA like no other player in the history of the NBA.

Good call on the total career combo. Kareem is the only player that I would list in my top-5, regardless of competition level. Only Oscar and Wilt come close, but Oscar wouldn't make my NBA top-5 and Wilt my College top-5.
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Shaq dosen't have enough hardware to stand up to the great 5's history....
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Shaq is the single most dominating presence in the history of the NBA, when you take into account eras & competition. True, Shaq hasn't played a TON of all time great centers, but the overall center in the league has gotten bulkier & stronger overtime to the point where there are pretty much no thin mints for Shaq to bowl over.

The average center of the current era >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the average center of 20-30+ years ago in terms of strength/athleticism.

Shaq is a top 5 player all time.
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Damon Jones got paid, derrick fisher gots paid. Rick Fox, benefitted from prime shaq. Dood was a Bostonian journeyman...but found his niche, once he left for La/la laker and became a solid D player. Just some of the many example of-

- why, Everything!! the big Daddy touches, turns to gold. Antoine, whit Eboy, mamba...word is born.
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i think that big block that wallace had on shaq has become irrelevant, cuz he didn't win
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Top 10 in order:

Wilt
Russell
Shaq
M. Malone
Kareem
Hakeem
Mikan
Gilmore
Walton
David Robinson?
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Old 06-03-2006, 11:28 AM   #13
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That was just one block Ben Wallace got lucky that Shaq double pumped cause if Shaq goes up the first time he intended to then he dunks it before Wallace ever gets up to him. Regardless I hardy doubt that one block will make or break a mans legacy, especially Shaq's.

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It cements Shaq's legacy as a top 3 center for sure, and one of the top players of all-time quite possibly.
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