slideshow: who is the greatest basketball player in NBA history?

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slideshow: who is the greatest basketball player in NBA history?

  • LeBron James, who is fresh from winning his first NBA title with the Miami Heat, has put all distractions aside and played the best basketball of his career. For years, many questioned whether James was capable of leading a team to a title. This year, the main question in everyone's mind is this: when his career is over, will he surpass Jordan as the best player in NBA history?
  • Kobe Bryant, who skipped college on his way to the pros, was named the most likely to follow in the footsteps of Jordan after countless stars were proclaimed the second coming of Air Jordan. Bryant, who modeled his game after the Chicago Bulls legend, has spent the last few years trying distinguish himself apart from Jordan.
  • Long considered the best to ever play the game, Michael Jordan racked up six NBA titles, six NBA Finals MVPs, five MVPs and countless other awards over his career. Jordan, who was always a threat on offense, was also a tenacious defender. Many wonder what Jordan could have achieved if he hadn't retired abruptly for two seasons in 1993.
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  • For the last few weeks, basketball fans have been engaged in a heated debate: who is the best NBA player of all time? Is it still Michael Jordan? Has Kobe Bryant surpassed his "Airness"? Will LeBron James eventually become the greatest ever?
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