The pretenders to the throne are many, but American basketball legend Michael Jordan is undoubtedly the best ever.
While there might be some Barbadian fans of the popular sport who will continue to argue about it, as far as another international giant of the sport, Dominique Wilkins, is concerned, some have come close but none bettered the famous Chicago Bulls No. 23.
Not Bill Russell, Earvin Magic Johnson, Julius Erving (Dr. J), Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James, Wilkins told Barbados TODAY without hesitation.
“When you hear these comparisons to Michael Jordan there is no comparison, there is none. I know they would like to think there is, but there is none,” the Atlanta Hawks star player turned Vice-President said.
“How many guys do you know can win three championships, retire, play another sport, come back and win three more championships,” he asked rhetorically?
“There won’t be another one and they can try to compare anybody they want, but no Sir. And he didn’t have all the great players, he did it on his own. As a matter of fact, he made those other guys great.”
Wilkins, who left Barbados today after a brief vacation, said he remained “a part of basketball” several years after retiring from playing.
He noted that while the era featuring Jordan, him and others players was the best in his opinion, there were a number of “great” basketballers in the NBA of today and recent years.
These included Bryant, who Wilkins said would be “a monster in any era”, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony .
“From my era it is hard to pick 10 guys because there were so many. You pick 10 guys and you have still got another 10 or 20 more super stars that people don’t talk about,” the man famous for his acrobatic slam dunks and dubbed Mr. Highlight Reel noted.
“If you look at Clyde Drexler he doesn’t even get mentioned sometimes and he is one of the greatest players to play this game you know.
“Look at all those guys from the Lakers, it’s crazy. You look at the Detroit Pistons and the teams they have had, the Milwaukee Bucks, the teams that we (Atlanta) had, Denver Nuggets; like you said, I could go down the line,” he added. (SC)