Colin Cowherd: “In order: Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Larry Bird are the best players I have ever seen. I don’t count centers. Why would I count the least skilled position on the floor? It’s not about titles, and I don’t rank these guys on titles, I’m just telling you what my eyes have seen. Centers generally aren’t great ball handlers, they’re not great shooters, they’re not great passers, although Arvydas Sabonis and Bill Walton were. Basketball has moved away from centers and I like it. THANKFULLY it has moved away from centers. The least interesting people are centers. Rules should not help the least skilled people. The NBA said ‘our most skilled players are shooters and ball-handlers, let’s take out the hand-check'. It’s been 16 years and zero centers have won the MVP since… In my life, a center has never been the best passer in the league, has never been the best shooter in the league, and has never been the best ball handler in the league. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be able to use a genetic gift if you’re 7’2”, but in the new NBA it’s: ‘Hey big fella, you better learn how to shoot or you’ll be coming off the bench and used sparingly.’” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he doesn’t think centers should be included in NBA countdowns as the greatest players in league history. Despite players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Shaquille O’Neal being considered some of the greatest players ever, Colin details why he never includes them in lists with guys like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.