Jordan, Kobe, LeBron: Is There a Difference Between the ‘Greatest’ and ‘Best’ All-Time Players? (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

“The Last Dance” may be over, but the deep dives into NBA history don’t stop on Hollywood Hoops! ESPN’s exploration of Michael Jordan’s greatness by way of the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls got Eric Pincus and Josh Martin wondering: what’s the difference between the Greatest Of All Time and the Best Of All Time? And how does that impact how Lakers-linked legends like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stack up to His Airness, Bill Russell and others in basketball’s history books?

Our co-hosts begin by recapping the final weekend of the MJ content bonanza. Given Eric and Josh’s UCLA ties, they had to give a shout-out (and then some) to the Bruins cameos in Episode 9, courtesy of Westwood’s own Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr, whose own love of hoops traces back to Pauley Pavilion.
The Hollywood Hoops crew then considers LeBron’s comments about his theoretical fit alongside MJ, and to what extent the NBA’s current King could be a supercharged sidekick—a Scottie Pippen 2.0, if you will. With historical hypotheticals on the mind, Eric offers a sneak peek of his research into the greatest winners the Association has ever seen, and how to stack up all-time resumes based on postseason accomplishments.

With the coronavirus shutdown ongoing, our co-hosts catch up on where the NBA and the wider world stand when it comes to restarting life (sort of) as we knew it. Should fans feel more optimistic now that the Lakers and Clippers have reopened their practice facilities? Or should everyone proceed with caution, given the foibles already faced by Germany’s Bundesliga in its attempt to reconvene on the soccer pitch?

Finally, Eric fills everyone in on the state of the Bleacher Report fantasy draft, including all the wild and wacky trades that went down during the week that was.

00:00 – UCLA in ‘The Last Dance’
15:03 – MJ, Kobe, LeBron; Best vs Greatest
34:18 – NBA Coronavirus Updates
49:10 – B/R Fantasy Draft Recap

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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