Rings are an integral part of every historical NBA debate, but how important are rings when judging players? We all know that the aim of the game is to win, that’s obvious, but are they the be-all and end-all? Clearly not, so where is the balance? How differently would we view Ewing had the Knicks had won in 1994 over Hakeem and the Rockets? How about Barkley; where would we rank him had he led the Suns to the title over Jordan in 93? Or Karl Malone had he claimed either (or both!) the 97 or 98 championship?
Also in this podcast, we insert Kobe into the eye-test comparison with LeBron and Jordan.