1 of 8 players with 20,000 pts and 12,000 rebs, all time in blocks 3830 which shocked me to be honest, 7th on all time scoring list and 9th on minutes played, was the first player to get 2,000 blocks and 2,000 stls. for a big man that is impressive. Plus to top it off was the pioneer of the new age center. He can attack you inside and can attack you from the perimeter including 3 pt land. Plus has taken his team singlehanely winning two nba titles.
bndxclin wrote:Great post James. I was wondering if you were going to make your presence known in this thread considering it had to do with who I believe is your favorite player. Isiah was a warrior and a true leader.
perfecto6893 wrote:im guessin d. james is the only person who voted for zeke
Weezy wrote:I'm the guy who voted for Isaiah, didn't know everyone here was such an Hakeem fan. I'm not a fan of Thomas at all, but I did think he was a remarkable player so I voted for him. Not that I don't think Hakeem was great, just players with height have it easier, so I thought Thomas should ge the nod for doing all that while being small.
d.James wrote:It would be easier to answer which one of my (yet to be born) children do I love more. It's just a very tough question.
Pound for pound, Isiah Thomas was the toughest SOB on the planet. And he was a tough SOB who cared more about winning than his numbers. That's why he'll explode for 25 points in a quarter (13 on one leg), 16 points in 94 seconds, 14 points in the fourth against Portland - it all happened in the postseason. He was a street baller who learned to harnass his game, realizing deception is the most potent weapon in strategy. He learned to unleash himself at the right time. This is made all the more important watching the players that have followed in his wake, hoping to be Thomas - Rafer Alston, Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson, and Damon Stoudamire.
Hakeem was footwork. He was not an exceptionally gifted basketball player. He had none of the skill that Thomas had to possess to remain in the upper echelon of players in the NBA. He relied more on his athletic ability, especially early in his career. But as time moved on (1992-1997), he learned the art of basketball footwork and it made him next to unstoppable.
With a gun to my head, having to choose one, I have to go with Thomas. Maybe it's because I was able to see him play more, but he was able to just grab an opponent by the short hairs and win a game. He did things that physically he shouldn't have been able to do.
Now, if I had to choose them in their prime to play in this era, I would want to see Hakeem because I think his dominance over the centers and power forwards in this game would be unmatched. Even Shaq and Tim Duncan. He's the type of big man that could survive in this era where the rule are so rigid. Players that try to be Thomas are a dime a dozen right now.
But in their era, playing against the teams of their time, I take Thomas over Olajuwon...with a gun to my head. In the immortal words of the clueless friend, Joey, "put your hands together." Now that is a team I would kill to see.
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