Developed MJ?? How about kept him from being as good as he should have been in college? MJ wasn't developed by anyone. He was born with amazing God given talent and a unequaled competative desire to win. Those are gifts not developments. What wasn't developed was character, humility or executive skills. If what MJ had on the court could be developed, there would be a lot more MJ's.
As far as the best player ever... that is a subjective argument that no one will win so if you think he was the best then to you he was the best.... I think Pistol Pete was the best, but who am I going to convince of that?
alcindor and bill walton are in this convo as well...
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
However, Pistol Pete was a scoring machine and was the most creative offensive player of all time. He would put ANY current or past player college or NBA player to shame on the offensive end of the court. Think about this for a second. He AVERAGED 44.5 ppg. UNC fans go apoplectic because HB scored 40 in one game. He is the all time NCAA leading scorer, having averaged over 1100 points a year. We celebrate players that score 1000 points in their careers now (as we should). NOW the really amazing part about this is he did it when you could not play as a Freshman so he did this in only 83 games over 3 years. He did this without the three point shot, and the next player on the all time scoring list scored 218 fewer points than Pete despite playing in 23 more games than Pete did. Plus Pete averaged 5 assists per game as well. Probably the greatest player that hardly anyone talks about.