I would have to say the all time great is the celtics because of their grand total when it comes to championships...but look who's a close second and will soon eclipse that total...yes your very own Lakers with 14 total championships compared to the celtics 17 (I believe those are the numbers) Anyways, considering the competition back then, the Celtics probably couldn't pull out all those wins against teams in this age. In the late 80s and 90s the Bulls were simply the best, building from all those classic battles between LA, Boston, and Detriot. I feel the 80s had to be the best era for basketball....it was so competitive and full of drama. The Millenium Lakers were...or should I say are....clearly the best to date. When you take into consideration the great competition of teams, and that the Lakers three-peated with competition like this through the league definitely places them among the best. If...or should i say when....they continue to win from here on out, they will have dominated the millenium, the way the bulls dominated the 90s. According to the way competition and the game of basketball is right now, the Lakers and last decade's Bulls are the top teams right now.....but Boston is the all-winningest. The Lakers will soon take over that mark, which will make them the best, hands down. As for the best all around player: Kobe, most dominating and influential player: duhhh...Shaq, most winningest coach: Phil Jackson, and soon to be most winningest franchise: Los Angeles Lakers.