Too bad for Tim Duncan the ghost of Michael Jordan defines any and everything that happens in the NBA.
While Kobe chases MJ's ghost, it haunts LeBron James. Kobe desperately wants a sixth title and the right to stamp his name next to Jordan's. LeBron hosted a hypothetical victory party to announce his desire for not one, not two, not three, but seven titles so he can stamp his name above Jordan's.
So what should we do with Tim Duncan's name, especially if his Spurs win a fifth title?
Duncan is involved in a fascinating ghost story, too. He's chasing Bill Russell, the player more seasoned NBA fans revere as the greatest of all time, the player who is inarguably the league's greatest winner.
I was raised by a more seasoned fan, my dad. He never bought into the Nike Air Jordan hype machine. My dad witnessed the Russell era. He saw the Celtics win 11 of 13 NBA titles during Russell's reign. He believes Russell was and remains the greatest to ever play t...