Ever hear someone say there are two sides to every story or everything is debatable? I never bought that. Some loser walks into a drug store late at night and shoots the cashier on sight for the cash with no warning they're a murdering scumbag. I don't want to hear about their childhood or financial troubles. A player takes a performance enhancing steroid so they can play better they're a cheating pig. I don't want to hear about the culture or how "everyone" is doing it. The fans and media members still today using words like "taint" attached to Tom Brady are complete and total idiots.
With Kobe Bryant passing Shaq on the NBA all time scoring list I've heard lot's of talk about his place in history. Oddly many are pooh poohing the accomplishments of Kareem Jabber. I think he's easily in the all time Top 5. His credentials are off the charts. Not many have been a key cog on championship winners for two different teams. He won a Finals MVP with the Bucks in 1971 and the Lakers later in his career in 1985. All time leading scorer. 10 times he was either 1st or 2nd team on the all-NBA defensive team. I grant Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain their due but Kareem battled Hall of Fame centers his entire career. Nate Thurmond, Bill Walton, Willis Reed, Robert Parrish, Moses Malone, Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes or Walt Bellamy. The way media and fans take what he accomplished for granted is ridiculous.
I find it wonderful timing that Baseball's Hall of Fame will now offer a drug education program for students and young adults. Think it has anything to do with the fact that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will make their 1st appearance on the Hall Ballot this year??