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NBA TV's Sekou Smith went with an all-time starting five of Magic Johnson. Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Hard to argue too much with that, although I would change it around - at least slightly. Smith went with a mid-sized, versatile unit. This mind game is all about winning one game. It is not totally about the very best all-time talent.


Mike Fratello went big - very big. Shaquille O'Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Bill Russell. Great to see Mike picked one "little guy", Russ, at 6'9.5". Fratello's idea was go very big - get most of the offensive boards - have Tim bring the ball down, but stick mostly to high lob passes - and don't worry about poor foul shooting - the other team will foul out too quickly for it to matter.

Now what's your all-time five that would win just the one game - and why did you pick them. This is wide open. How about a very-small-ball crew? Isiah Thomas, Tiny Archibald and the like? One thing all ten of these players from NBA TV's guys have in common is they are all Champions. They proved themselves on the big stage. So let's hear. One game to win. What's your starting-five.

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