Do you think there will ever be someone to get more NBA rings than Bill Russell?

Nope, fun fact – Bill Russell has the most championships (11) out of ANY player in a major league sport. That’s right. Russell has more rings than Babe Ruth’s World Series titles, Tom Brady’s super bowl wins, Wayne Gretzky’s Stanley Cups, Pele’s World Cups etc he’s the biggest winner in pro sports history. Russell even has 2 NCAA titles so even counting college its hard to beat him (only Kareem has more at 3 NCAA titles). Outside of the 60s Celtics, the most rings a modern day player has is 7 (Robert Horry).

As an answer below said, coaches can have more rings i.e Phil Jackson but that’s because they don’t play, which means they can coach for many many years. As a player, its not possible due to how the league has expanded, more competition etc

If you made a 13-man NBA team based on players from each decade, which team would win?

Ok so here’s my teams.

In order to get the most variety I’m gonna put in 2 restrictions:

-Can’t have 2 of the same players. I.e I have to choose between 70s Kareem and 80s Kareem but not both
-the player must have played at least 5 years in that decade to be considered i.e the majority of the decade. So no Bill Russell for the 1950s.

PG: Bob Cousy/Slater Martin
SG: Bill Sharman/Richie Guerin
SF: Paul Arizin/George Yardley
PF: Dolph Schayes/Vern Mikkelsen
C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston

Reserves: Jim Pollard, Clyde Lovellette, Ed Macauley

PG: Oscar Robertson/Lenny Wilkens
SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer
SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham
PF: Bob Pettit/Jerry Lucas
C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell

Reserves: Tom Heinsohn, Sam Jones, Willis Reed

PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald
SG: George Gervin/Pete Maravich
SF: Rick Barry/John Havlicek
PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Mel Daniels

Reserves: Dan Issel, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond

PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas
SG: Sidney Moncrief/Joe Dumars
SF: Larry Bird/Julius Erving
PF: Kevin McHale/Bob McAdoo
C: Moses Malone/Robert Parish

Reserves: Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, Dominique Wilkins

PG: John Stockton/Gary Payton
SG: Michael Jordan/Clyde Drexler
SF: Scottie Pippen/Grant Hill
PF: Karl Malone/Charles Barkley
C: Hakeem Olajuwon/David Robinson

Reserves: Kevin Johnson, Mitch Richmond, Patrick Ewing

PG: Jason Kidd/Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson
SF: Paul Pierce/Carmelo Anthony
PF: Tim Duncan/Kevin Garnett
C: Shaquille O’Neal/Dwight Howard

Reserves: Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady, Pau Gasol

2010s (Note: Im gonna consider Cs as PFs since there’s no real Cs anymore):
PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry
SG: Dwayne Wade/James Harden
SF: Lebron James/Kevin Durant
PF: Dirk Nowitzki/Kawhi Leonard
C: Anthony Davis/Blake Griffin

Reserves: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook

These are all great teams, but I’m gonna go with 90s team if we go by ‘old school rules’ and the 2010 team if we go by ‘new school handchecking’ rules

If we substituted Magic Johnson for Lebron in LBJ’s NBA Finals series, would he get more than 3 rings?

Yes – I believe he would but only in one Finals, 2011. In 2011 Lebron famously melted down and I don’t think that would have happened to Magic.

For the other 5 lost Finals – no I don’t think so. 2007, 2015, and 2018 Lebron’s second best scorers were Zydrunas, Delladova, and a very inconsistent Kevin Love. I don’t think Magic would have done much better than Lebron did, especially considering that Magic is not as good a scorer as Lebron was.

In 2014 and 2017 the Cavs were simply up against two of the greatest NBA teams of all time, and its doubtful that Magic would have beaten them. Keep in mind Magic played most of his career with the NBA’s all time leading scorer.

Another thing I might note is that Magic might have lost the 2016 Finals. I don’t think he would have been able to come back up from 3–1 down to win the series the way Lebron did. So maybe he would have ended up with 3 rings either way – just swap 2011 with 2016.