Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revealed he would want to be Anthony Davis if he was playing today, hailing the Los Angeles Lakers trade target's quality.
New Orleans Pelicans star Davis made a public trade request prior to last week's deadline, but ultimately stayed put as the Lakers could not reach a deal with his current team.
Since then, the Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps, who had served in the role for nine years, with Davis expected to be pursued by the Lakers again at the end of the season, while the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks also likely to make a push.
Lakers great Abdul-Jabbar - a six-time NBA champion, six-time MVP and 19-time All Star - believes the 25-year-old has the total package of skills required to succeed in the modern game.
"If I were playing now I'd want to be Anthony Davis," he told Sporting News.
"He's got the skill set. He shoots threes and jump shots he defends out there beyond the three-point line.
"And he also plays the traditional game like I did. He guards the basket, rebounds, blocks shots. He's the complete player."
Kuz talks about achieving his goal of winning MVP, and breaking Kobe's Rising Stars team record. pic.twitter.com/JF42JXa0lm— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 16, 2019
The NBA's stars of 2019, like James Harden and Russell Westbrook, have set a host new records with their brilliance this season, but Abdul-Jabbar feels it is difficult to judge them with the greats of yesteryear.
He added: "How can you compare eras? I don't think Harden could have handled Oscar [Robertson]. I don't know if Oscar could have handled some of these speed demons in Westbrook.
"The only way you can find that out is to get on the court and play. It's just talk."
Overall, the 71-year-old is impressed with the current product being put out by the NBA.
"They've got a good balance there by lessening the physical aspects of the defence, the three-point shot can drop," added Abdul-Jabbar.
"We couldn't do it when I played because you'd have Mike Cooper biting your ear as you shot. You wouldn't be making many three-pointers.
"The fans like it, the way that they've stretched the court now and people are attacking the basket or stopping and popping... I think it's an entertaining game and the fans like it, great athletes are playing it, so it works."
21 de mayo 2019
|England want to leave Europe and they´re in two finals – Mancini jokes about Brexit|
|Raptors star Leonard ´will be ready´ to face Bucks – Nurse|
|Iguodala out of Game 4 against Trail Blazers|
|Allegri inducted into Italian Football Hall of Fame|
|Steelers QB Roethlisberger ´genuinely sorry´ for Brown comments|
|Mets´ Cespedes fractures ankle in ranch accident|
|Italy remain at top table, Great Britain rally to relegate France|
|Guardiola convinced Kompany´s destined to return to Manchester City|
|Yastremska sets up Stosur clash in Strasbourg|
20 de mayo 2019
|Anderson stars for Lancashire on return from injury|
|Ebden and Seppi shocked in Geneva, Humbert shines at Lyon Open|
|AFC Champions League Review: Spain great Xavi ends playing career with defeat|
|Bernardo Silva makes Champions League pledge after winning Man City award|
|Henin impressed by Halep ahead of French Open defence|
|I love you, I´m out - Departing Kompany has his mic-drop moment in City´s trophy parade|
|Abelardo opts to leave post as Alaves coach|
|Magic Johnson points finger at Pelinka after Lakers power struggle|
|Junaid deletes inflammatory tweet following World Cup squad omission|
|Bosz: Champions League improves chances of keeping Brandt & Havertz|
|PSG insist Mbappe will stay despite forward´s ´new project´ comments|
|Former Salford forward Turgut hospitalised with ´severe injuries´|
|Potter takes over as Brighton and Hove Albion boss|
|Ancelotti happy at Napoli amid Juventus links|
|Hemel Stags on course for Ottawa relocation, New York club a work in progress|
|Nadal overtakes Federer´s top-10 streak|
|Omitting Wahab and Amir would have been foolish - Inzamam|
|Scotland appoint Kilmarnock boss Clarke|
|I´ll keep my place if Pogba arrives at Madrid – Kroos|
|Kroos: Madrid struggles ´normal´ after Champions League dominance|
|Pogba, Hazard and Mbappe in, Bale and Isco out? - Real Madrid set for busy close-season|
|Double amputee Monger stunned by Grand Prix de Pau triumph|
|Walter to take over Stuttgart from next season|
|Giannis expects Milwaukee to buck their ideas up after Game 3 loss|
|Bolivian FA confirms death of referee Victor Hugo Hurtado|
|Australia opener Burns leaves Lancashire for personal reasons|
|Record-breaking female driver Chadwick lands Williams development chance|
|Semedo cleared of concussion to boost Barcelona|
|Iguodala questionable for Game 4|
|Neymar should not captain Brazil at Copa America - Edmilson|
|Wahab, Amir and Asif named in final Pakistan World Cup squad|
|Bale staying at Madrid impossible as Zidane is ´not keen´ - Calderon|
|Kroos agrees Real Madrid extension to 2023|
|Gundogan to renew contract talks with Manchester City|
|Folau opts not to appeal against Rugby Australia ban, still considering options|
|Nadal clear French Open favourite – Djokovic|
|Nedved: No Juve decision amid Sarri and Inzaghi links|
|Gil Marin: We need players totally committed to Atletico|
|Gardner´s big game helps Yankees pull away from Rays|
|This is playoff basketball – Leonard on playing through injury in Raptors win|
|Second most NRL games and 99 tries – Cronk´s career in Opta numbers|
|Spieth: I´m almost back at my best|
|Three takeaways from Raptors´ key Game 3 win over Bucks|
|Trail Blazers star Lillard addresses rib injury|
|Raptors top Bucks in double-OT thriller|
|MLS Review: Nani brace lifts Orlando, Galaxy stunned by Rapids|
|Cronk: It´s been one hell of a ride|
|Johnson upbeat despite falling short|
|Koepka holds on at US PGA – how a dramatic back nine unfolded at Bethpage Black|
|´Phenomenal´ and ´mind-blowing´ – Koepka basks in US PGA triumph|
|NRL great Cronk to retire at season´s end|
|Kevin Muscat to leave Melbourne Victory|
|Bethpage wobble does little to deny Koepka´s status as golf´s dominant major force|
|Brooks Koepka´s timeline of major dominance following US PGA triumph|
|Koepka relieved to retain US PGA title after ´stressful´ finish|
|Allegri seeking a challenge, not a sabbatical|
|Koepka retains PGA title despite back-nine collapse|
|Spalletti tells players to prove they´ve the bottle to play for Inter|
|City want to dominate English football forever, says Laporte|
|Fernando Alonso fails to quality for Indy 500|
|Bordeaux collapse to costly defeat, Stade hopes dashed by Montpellier|