2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

After Lakers coach Pat Riley witnessed Abdul-Jabbar skyhook his way to five rings in L.A., the slick-haired commando asked, "Why judge anymore? When a man has broken records, won championships, endured tremendous criticism and responsibility, why judge? Let's toast him as the greatest player ever." Maybe, but The Captain remains first mate when ranking the Lakers. (Malcolm Emmons/US Presswire)