dj vitus wrote:LTLakerFan wrote:Wow maybe it's just my memory or maybe others that can recall their battles can chime in, but I seem to recall and mentioned it just yesterday that I thought he gave Kareem all he could handle in their primes and then some. He was more physical than Kareem was and seemed to me to get the better of him some times. If you remember clearly and those were simply times that Kareem wasn't at 100% due to injury, I can't argue....just going on general remembered impressions.
Oh yeah, you're definitely right. Walton was a beast on defense, and he did irritate Kareem in some games to the point where he even matched his scoring. But most other games when Kareem remained calm and focused, he would drop 30 or 40 on Walton and the Portland defense like nobody's business. I give Walton credit for his defense and for beasting during an unfortunately short-lived career.
Put it this way, if we're ranking based on playground pickup games at the height of everyone's primes, then yes, Walton was one of the best ever. But I like to think of "All-Time Great" in an NBA context as someone with a more storied resume.
Then you're tough. The guy is a two time Champion, a Finals MVP, a 6th man of the year, a 2 time All-Star, and he's got a 1st and 2nd All-NBA selection. That's quite a resume and if he was able to stay healthy throughout his career, I think you'd see a lot more of accolades to boot.