“Quick highlights of KAJ vs Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld’s Bullets. 05/04/1978.”
From Fatal Ish
Interesting video about Kareem, considering that the Bullets won this game and the Lakers lost. But the person who did the video decides to show Kareem’s highlights in this game.
But again in this video, you see how great a player that Kareem was not just as a scorer in the post, but the great defensive player and rebounder that he was. And how big, tall, and strong that he was. Where you got a tank in Bullets center Wes Unseld, who was built like a defensive lineman. And yet Kareem was consistently getting great position against Big Wes in the post.
This game is one of those deals that the other team’s great player can have a big game. As long as the other team wins the game and Kareem’s teammates aren’t killing them as well.
What you see here is the Bullets without a traditional center anyway. The Bullets tallest player at least in their starting lineup was Elvin Hays. A 6’9 strong power forward, but a power forward and someone who didn’t play center as their first position. But would play center to give Wes Unseld a break.
Unseld was the Bullets center and a great defender, rebounder and passer, but he was 6’6 maybe 6’7. Sort of like the Charles Barkley of the center position size wise. And Kareem could easily shoot over both Bullets big men.