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Glory Days & Ghost Games

“I try to stay away from that, and the reason is: I would never ask a player to play against a ghost; past, present, or future.  We could only play against the guy that showed up while we were playing.”

That was Bill Russell’s response to Chris Webber asking him for input in the never-ending recent debate about individual legacies and how championship rings factor in.  It was an especially hot-button issue over All-Star Weekend because Michael Jordan — whose 50th Birthday was being celebrated by the media — said he’d pick Kobe Bryant over LeBron James because, “five beats one every time I look at it.”

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