Originally Posted by StephenHero
You would have to be a moron to take Russell over Chamberlain.
Chamberlin was was probably far more talented than Russell. But it is about winning in the end and winning is far more than just talent. Chamberlin played with some very talented players (Hal Greer, Chet Walker, Baylor - some guys that were on your scoring list - bigger scorers than Celtics had by the way). Chamberlin fought with coaches & teammates, skipped practices (even during playoffs and championships), and his effort was often questioned. For a man of his size and talent, his defense was often questioned.
Russell was not a great scorer but off the charts rebounder, defensive player and considered a good teamate that valued winning championships.
If the game was only about scoring, then Iverson and others on your scoring list would have won championships.
BB does not work as well when 4 guys stand around and wait for 1 guy to score. See how well that worked for Lebron in Cleveland.
I am not a Laker or Bulls fan but guys like Kobe & Jordan seemed to understand that winning takes 5 guys playing well. Those two, Magic, Bird, Russell elevate others and they win.