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Boston legend was nearly unstoppable around the basket

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INGLEWOOD , CA - JUNE 2: Boston Celtics Kevin McHale attempts to shoot over Los Angeles Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and A.C. Green, right, during the first period of a game at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 2, 1987.
Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The hip idea in basketball now is that big men are outdated.

Well that depends. If most of the big men are mediocre and don’t even like to play inside, then yes, you could make that argument.

But when you have great big men, well, great big men usually are worth more than great little men.

The three point shot changes things obviously but still: if you have a guy who can score at a high percentage inside, are you going to pass on him?

Take Boston’s great Kevin McHale. He got overshadowed to a certain extent by Larry Bird, but there have not been many post players like McHale. He had an absolute mastery of inside moves and that, paired with his very long arms, made him nearly impossible to defend when he had the ball near the basket.

And of course Bird, and for a time Bill Walton, got him the ball brilliantly.

Watch this video and look at how this guy maneuvered inside. It’s really something.

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