Bill Russell > Michael Jordan. Mike's words, not ours.
There are only a handful of players in NBA history that have more jewelry to put on their fingers than Michael Jordan. With six championships under his belt, Jordan understands what it takes to win it all. Recently at a Flight Camp in California, Jordan said that Kobe Bryant is a better all-time player than LeBron James because Kobe has five rings opposed to Bron's three.
Personally, I'm not going to argue for or against the statement that Jordan made. I just think it's interesting that someone like Michael Jordan would ever say something like this, considering he doesn't have the most rings in the history of the game. Michael is such a confident, almost arrogant, basketball player that it's hard to believe he would rank so many people ahead of himself.
So that means Russell > Jordan ... according to MJ's math.https://t.co/1q9TqXpAZh— Taylor C. Snow (@taylorcsnow) August 2, 2017
Using MJ's logic, there are nine players in the history of the game that are better than him. Eight of the nine players with more championship rings than Jordan got all of them with the Boston Celtics. Among these Celtics include NBA legends such as Bill Russell, John Havlicek, and Sam Jones. Another one of the guys that is better than Michael, (again, this is using his math) is Robert Horry.
Horry, or "Big Shot Bob," won NBA championships with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs during the mid-nineties and early 2000s. Most people would not consider Horry a better player than Jordan, but if it follows MJ's own philosophy, it must be the case.
Maybe Jordan finds himself a bit overrated. Maybe he looks in the mirror and thinks to himself, "Yeah, I was pretty good. But I was never Robert Horry."
Looks like a lot of people are going to have to rearrange their top 10 players of all time lists. Jordan said so.
Picture: Neil Leifer, Sports Illustrated