There’s one thing that most NBA players care about more than anything else – winning championships. Racking up regular season accomplishments can certainly be gratifying, but the ultimate goal for most players is to make the playoffs, make it all the way to the NBA Finals, and eventually… win the entire thing, snagging themselves a shiny championship ring in the process.
Of course, making this happen is a lot easier said than done. Some of the greatest players of all time have spent their entire basketball careers trying to win the championship, only to come up empty handed year in and year out. It’s a very interesting thing, because while winning the title can certainly be a hard thing to do, some players make it look a lot easier than others.
Consider Bill Russell, a big man who played for the Boston Celtics primarily in the 60s. He managed to snag himself a whopping 11 championship titles! And he won eight of them in a row. How exactly did he manage to do that? There are plenty of players who would love to know the answer to that question.
There’s an old quote that Charles Barkley used to say in a television commercial, back when he was still playing. It went something like this: “When there’s a rebound to get, the balls not going to come to you… you’ve got to go get it.”
This statement helps us understand Barkley a little bit more, when you consider that he’s one of the greatest rebounders, and all around power forwards of all time. But there’s one thing that this mindset didn’t help him “go get” – an NBA championship ring.
The goal for any basketball franchise is to build a dynasty that fans and experts will be talking about for