Kareem: Oscar Robertson better than Jordan and LeBron

Kareem: Oscar Robertson better than Jordan and LeBron
October 4, 2013, 3:30 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Michael Jordan or LeBron James?

Many declare Jordan the best to ever play the game. Others argue Lebron has earned the right to at least be in the discussion. And some say it's still too early to mention LeBron in the same sentence as MJ.

On Tuesday, Jordan said he could have taken anybody in a game of one-on-one in his prime, including James.

If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had to choose? He says he'll take the greatest player in NBA history. Which is neither of the two.

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Abdul-Jabbar appeared on ESPN's The Herd radio show Thursday and says there's one player that would've beaten both MJ and LeBron.

“LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome — but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind,” said Abdul-Jabbar, who was teammates with Robertson from 1969-74. “Absolutely. Oscar was awesome. He had brains ... He had all the skills.

“He could rebound and box out guys four and six inches taller than him. He was ruggedly built. He had fluid, quickness, and just understood the game. No flair, he just got the job done every night. Who’s going to average double figures in points, assists and rebounds?"

So next time you're debating MJ vs LBJ, don't forget about "The Big O."