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Last Great Game for All-Time Greats (Part 1)

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Based off the success of our episode on Larry Bird's final great game, we're beginning a new series on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast looking at the last great game for all-time greats in NBA history. 

In this multi-part series we will examine and reveal the last great game for each player that made our revised NBA 50 Greatest Players ever list. We begin today with Part 1 looking at the last great games for:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Allen Iverson
  • Moses Malone
  • George Mikan
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Bob Pettit
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Wes Unseld

Topics include how we define a great game, the criteria used in selecting the last great game for these players and what was happening with the player and their team at the time.

More specifically, we delve into Kareem's ability to remain a solid contributor into his final season and what could have happened if he hung around, Kobe Bryant's now-legendary 60-point sendoff, Kevin Garnett's last hurrah with the Celtics, Detroit Pistons Allen Iverson (yes, that was a thing), Moses Malone's Milwaukee Bucks era, George Mikan's final productive seasons, Hakeem Olajuwon's final game in Houston, Dennis Rodman's rare scoring outburst and Isiah Thomas giving the Boston Celtics fits one more time.