4. Lebron James– Ok, so he’s the only current player on here but he’s also a 3 time NBA MVP, 8 time All-Star, 7 time All NBA team, and 3 time All Defensive team member. If he retires without a ring he’d easily be #1 on this list. James came close last year vs. Dallas but close doesn’t cut it when you proclaimed you’re looking to win “not one, not two, not three, not four…”
3. John Stockton– The all-time assists leader and king of the tight shorts, Stockton was pure class and a silent killer to boot. He had the unfortunate “luck” of playing during the same time as a guy named Michael Jordan. In 96-97 they pushed the Bulls to 6 games but MJ became MJ and John and his boys went home without a ring.
2. Charles Barkley– It’s too bad young fans of today just think of Barkley as that bald, big mouthed guy on TNT that takes his shirt off and plugs Nutrisystem.
There was a time when he was one of the most dominant players in the game. Coming into the league while Bird and Magic were still in it and then leaving when Michael Jordan was at his prime didn’t help Barkley’s chances at winning a championship. His best chance came in 92-93 when his Suns lost to the Bulls.
1. Karl Malone– When you’re a 14 time All-Star and a two time league MVP and you don’t have a ring, you can only be Karl Malone. Along with his teammate John Stockton, Malone ran into the Bulls and Michael Jordan at their prime. If not, he’d more than likely have a couple titles to his credit. Unfortunately the only title he has now is the best player without an NBA title.
Everyone that visits my blog soon realizes that I’m a diehard Cleveland fan. So when Lebron won his third MVP title the other day I had a few guys make sure I knew about it by leaving a comment on the FantasyTrophies.com Facebook page or by sending me an email. A few did it with more of a jab to the gut than a nice little tap on the shoulder I might say.
Anyway, my feeling on the award going to Lebron is that he truly deserved it. He still remains the best player in the world during the regular season. Sorry Kobe and Durant fans, but Lebron has a better all around game than either one of them. However, before people start grouping him with the likes of Russell, Jordan, Wilt, Bird and Magic, I think I’ll keep him with Barkley, Stockton, Malone, Reggie Miller, and George Gervin. Guys that had great careers but never won a title. Individual awards and recognition are great, but until Lebron gets the monkey off his back he still will remain the greatest athlete ever to not have a ring. Somewhere Dan Marino is smiling. And I must say, so am I.