The Sports Dump 1-on-1 All-Time Basketball Challenge 2nd Round

imagesCA8TP294The 2nd round of The Sports Dump 1-on-1 All-Time Basketball Challenge is here and today may be the best day of this tourney.  Our first matchup is an EPIC battle between #4 Larry Bird vs. #5 Kobe Bryant for the right to face MJ in the Elite 8.  If you have any thing left in your tank after that matchup, we have 2 legendary Lakers going toe-to-toe with #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. #7 Shaquille O’Neal for an Elite 8 spot.  Check out the matchups and the highlights and then help us decide who moves on.

#4 Larry Bird, SF

Tale of the Tape

#5 Kobe Bryant, SG

6’9”

Height

6’7”

220 lbs

Weight

220 lbs

49.6%

Shooting %

45.4%

*****

Range

****

**

Defense

*****

****

Strength

***

**

Creativity

*****

Can Larry Legend show this new punk Kobe a few things or will Kobe be too much for Bird?  Bird will win or lose this matchup from the outside and you can expect Kobe to go at the basket.

#2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C

Tale of the Tape

#7 Shaquille O’Neal, C

7’2”

Height

7’1”

225 lbs

Weight

340 lbs

55.9%

Shooting %

58.2%

****

Range

*

****

Defense

****

***

Strength

*****

*****

Creativity

*

The most graceful big man of all time vs. the big man who defined pure force in the paint.  Can Kareem keep Shaq from overpowering him or will Shaq’s physical presence be too much.

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7 thoughts on “The Sports Dump 1-on-1 All-Time Basketball Challenge 2nd Round

  1. #4 Larry Bird vs #5 Kobe Bryant – This would be an amazing matchup to watch. Obviously, Larry Legend has the best range and higher shooting percentage in this matchup. Kobe has an amazing ability to get to the rack as well as hit tough shots. I think the key here is Kobe’s defense. He can stand up to Larry and force him into bad shots or turnovers. Kobe wins a close one. Larry Bird is still the favorite in the upcoming Sports Dump H-O-R-S-E tournament.

    #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs #7 Shaquille O’Neal – I think this is the hardest matchup to pick a winner for yet. On one hand, you have Kareem’s athleticism and shooting abilities. Sky. Hooks. All. Day. On the other hand, you have Shaq’s unmatched power and force. Can Shaq back Kareem down to the rim enough times to win? Can he play defense just enough to stay ahead of Kareem? In the end, I think not. Kareem moves on to the next round.

  2. #4 Larry Bird vs. #5 Kobe Bryant
    Larry has the edge all day if this was going to be decided by a 3-point contest,a game of H-O-R-S-E or the worst sunburn on summer vacation, but it’s not. Kobe’s is 5 times the defensive player Bird is and Bird will not be able to drive on Kobe. That means Bird has to put up jumpers and Kobe will be in his face the entire time. Bird will not be able to slow Kobe down at all defense, because Bird’s best defensive skill of getting in passing lanes will mean nothing today. Kobe wears him out and forces Bird to make hard fouls out of anger to stay in it. Kobe Wins 15-10

    #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. #7 Shaquille O’Neal
    If this was a matchup of IMDB pages, Kareem would be the clear winner. There is no way that “Blue Chips” or “Kazaam” could hold up against “Airplane” and “Game of Death”. But this isn’t a matchup of Hollywood resumes. It’s going to be a battle of 2 of the greatest centers to ever play the game. Kareem became the all-time leading scorer because he was able to stay healthy for so long. The “Sky Hook” was the key to that. By not having to bang around on the inside to score, Kareem was able extend his career longer than most big men. Shaq on the other hand is just pure force around the basket that can’t be stopped. Shaq’s overpowering style will wear Kareem down in a 1-on-1 battle and force him to rely only on the hook to score points. The problem with only shooting hooks will be, it will put Kareem out of position for rebounds on misses. I know Kareem shots at a high %, but 2-3 misses is enough to give Shaq an advantage. Kareem will be beat up by the end of this matchup and Shaq will hammer down enough monster dunks to win a close one. Shaq Wins 15-12

  3. This will be an epic battle to watch, and I’m guessing one or both of these guys will be bleeding at the end. Larry’s all around game is better than Kobe’s, but this is 1 on 1. Larry is going to give the Black Mamba all he can handle on the offensive end, but I think Kobe is just too much for him to handle. Kobe 15-13

    If we’re talking about Shaq at his best in the mid to late 90’s, I just don’t see how he doesn’t come away with the win here. Kareem just won’t be able to get close enough to the basket to unleash the sky hook. Shaq was bigger, stronger and faster than Kareem ever was. It’ll be ugly, but Shaq pulls it out 15-11

  4. As much as I respect Bird’s shooting and team defensive skills, Kobe’s on-the-ball defense rules the day in this matchup. Larry Legend is nothing if not crafty and will find enough ways to score to make it a game, but Kobe pretty much scores at will. 15-11.

    The second matchup is all about the refs. If they’re calling it tight, Kareem’s touch and sky hook is a huge advantage. If physical play is allowed, Shaq uses his extra 115 (!) lbs to go right through Kareem. Shaq can’t shoot, but that doesn’t matter when you’re hanging from the rim all day. This game is suspended for 15 mins when a Shaq monster dunk requires a replacement goal to be brought in, but it does nothing to slow the big fella down. Shaq moves on, 15-12.

  5. Kobe is too fast and for Bird to defend one on one and Bird will not be able to push around Kobe because Kobe is just as strong as Bird is.
    In his prime, Shaq was the most unstoppable force on the court and will crush Kareem when the basket comes down on him.

  6. Bird- Better shooter and more size. Kobe cannot post up Bird
    Shaq- Big body and can back down Kareem. This would be close as Kareem could sky hook all day!

  7. Larry versus kobe might be a coin flip. I wont put up much argument there. I believe larry would just back him down, the same way that i would to somebody that much shorter, weaker, and lighter than me. Larry would score plenty. But, Nobody can really guard either of these guys one on one. Its a shootout. Id give bird the nose in the horserace, but i concede that it could easily go either way.

    As for shaq versus kareem, i have a much stronger opinion. In his prime, if he caught the ball on the block, and somehow managed to have kareem on his back, of course shaq could continuously muscle in baskets, in regulation game. But in a game of one on one, hes got to dribble his way to the post. Shaqs game is garbage other than catch close-drop step-power it in. Kareem continuously hit skyhooks from 15-20 feet out. No way that shaq, even in his prime, would beat the skill and shooting of kareem.

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