Before Michael Jordan came along, everybody had a life with Dr. J. It was just one of those things that everyone seemed to claim. Young, old, black, white, male, female, Democrat, Republican, Catholic, Baptist, Laker, Celtic.
We asked a simple question: Is Kobe Bryant one of the 10 best players of all time? The answers came fast and furious, and weren't so simple. Now, discuss amongst yourselves.
A writer reflects on the greats of the games -- Dr. J, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and others -- and the roles they played during the journey into the American mainstream for blacks.