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LeBron says three greatest NBA players: Jordan, Dr. J, Bird (VIDEO)

Aug 21, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

It’s not easy to name just three players as the greatest of all time, not if you are really a student of the game. You can make an argument for a lot of guys.

LeBron James struggled with it when asked by Fox Sports. But he ultimately settled on Michael Jordan, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and Larry Bird.

My three? Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

But that leaves off guys like Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain or others that should be on that top tier. Our personal biases and preferences come into play with a list like this (even though we like to argue them as fact). Leave your three in the comments.

Hat tip to SLAM.

  1. trollaikman8 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM


  2. txnative61 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan—–Honorable Mention, Shaquille O’neal. Well, in basketball, size matters, and everybody—-even the great MJ, has to adapt their games around the play of the big guys. These four maximized the effect, along with Wilt, Hakeem, and a number of others——

  3. rgf1982 - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    easiest question ever asked. its jordan, magic, bird! if u were 2 pick a top 5 dream team would either 3 be off? answer is no. would u be able 2 build a better backcourt? not unless you had robots. your PF and center could be a huge debate, but these 3 are not debatable. so how can anyone pick kareem over bill? if they consider that a dilemma then look no further than your gaurantees! If you dont have an easy time with this question consult your doctor. im sorry your so sick.

  4. dezglobal - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Brian Scalabrine didn’t make the list?

    • mydoghasfleez - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      or Mel Counts?

  5. rumar1989 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Sportsfan18, those nba finals stats, when Kobe and Shaq were teammates. those comparisons in finals stats, yeah it was Shaq. but Kobe is catching up though. Kobe has won more rings without Shaq, than Shaq did without Kobe. But as far as a Laker leader, Kobe before retiring someday, still has a chance to even Shaq with a 3rd ring as Laker leader. Kobe already has played more seasons without Shaq, than with him, Kobe has more regular season wins as Laker leader, than when Shaq was Laker leader. So i’ll say Kobe has done well, since lakers trading Shaq.

  6. lavoysboy - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    MJ, Wilt, Magic… larry and kareem are right behind them

  7. sasquash20 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    1-The Big Dipper-Would have dominated any era he lived in
    2-Russell-The leader, and heart and soul of the greatest basketball team in NBA history
    3-The Big O-Guy averaged a triple double for a season
    4-MJ-incredible abilty to palm the ball and travel without getting called
    5-Abdul-Jabbar-Sky Hook in ya face

    My all time starting 5
    3-The Big O
    5-The Big Dipper

  8. Jasper Burns - Dec 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    An avid NBA fan from 1964-1998, I’m not qualified to rate Kobe, Shaq, or LeBron. The game has changed and I’ve lost interest.

    In my opinion, it’s crazy to say that any of the following was better than the rest – each was a complete master of his craft. To raise one (or three) above the rest would be like picking one from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, or from Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo; it would only be a statement of taste.

    Wilt, Russell, Oscar, Elgin, Jerry, Larry, Magic, Jordan, Kareem.

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