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From The Vault: Rex Chapman is not intimidated by the GOAT

Rex was shooting the ball pretty well that night, too.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for From The Vault: Rex Chapman is not intimidated by the GOAT

  1. GoCats2
    9:03 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I totally forgot about this game! I remember thinking how pissed off Jordan must have been that almost all of Rex’s points came when Jordan was guarding him.

  2. arlo
    9:15 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    rex scoop chapman next la lakers coach. right it down ralph.

  3. Hig
    9:25 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Rex who?

  4. Morehead Cat
    9:39 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    What’s a Rex Chapman?

    • schwing
      10:56 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      you know who rex is. he doesn’t know who you are. why do you think that is?

  5. kes
    9:50 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    F rex. after that stunt he pulled, he can DIAF, THE SOONER THE BETTER!

    • schwing
      10:59 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      it’s disturbing that you’re actually that upset about what happened. therapy, sir. seek it. or maybe just a nap.

  6. Haha
    9:55 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Wow one game that Rex wasn’t mediocre

  7. Catlogic15
    10:02 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Rex has air balled most recently.

  8. Gary
    10:09 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I read Rex’s lips when he was talking to Jordan. He said “Phil Jackson is leaving you guys and going to the Lakers”. Jordan said “you’re crazy”.

    • Haha
      11:31 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      He said “My sources tell me Jackson is leaving you guys”.

  9. Hayley's quadriceps
    10:43 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I used to like that guy.

  10. Buckets
    12:50 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Matt said a couple of times on air recently that LeBron is better than Jordan. We’ll revisit this argument when LeBron has at least four rings.

    As of now it’s Jordan by a long shot, but LeBron has at least 3-5 more years in his prime. And at his size, he’ll probably be able to play well effectively for 8-10 more years. When he loses a step he’ll be able to play down low more so his game might evolve, much like Jordan’s game evolved later in his career.

    Matt and Ryan downplayed Jordan’s defensive abilities compared to LeBron’s on the show and that’s just ridiculous. MJ was the Defensive Player of the Year as a guard and was All-Defensive First Team NINE times. NINE.

    Yes, LeBron can defend more positions but Jordan was a GREAT defensive player. LeBron might be the greatest ever some day. But he’s not really that close yet.

    • Josh
      4:50 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry Buckets, but rings really don’t matter that much. Don’t believe me? Norris Cole has two rings, Chris Paul has none. Paul has led the NBA in assists 3 times and has led the league in steals 6 times. Norris Cole doesn’t even average 1 steal a game. But, by your standards, Chris Paul isn’t even worthy to consider being better than Norris Cole because he has more rings.

      See how silly that is? Rings are won by a TEAM, not an individual. To judge an individual, you have to look at his stats. Lebron is in his 11th year in the NBA. In Jordan’s 11th year, he averaged 4.3 assists per game. This year, Lebron is averaging 6.3, two more than Jordan. Lebron has a .567 FG%, Jordan had a .495 FG%.On the other hand, this year Lebron has struggled slightly with his rebounding, averaging only 6.9 while in the past he has averaged as high as 8. Jordan in his 11th year was rebounding an amazing (for a gaurd) 6.6 rebounds, which is slightly better than his career average of 6.2. Jordan was shooting the three better, shooting 42% to Lebron’s 37%

      The point to all of this was, the race is closer than what you and many other Jordan fans make it out to be. I don’t think Lebron is better than Jordan, so don’t take this the wrong way, but Jordan isn’t THAT much better.

    • Buckets
      5:14 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      “… rings really don’t matter that much.” Yes, they do. No one is arguing that Chris Paul is the best player of all time so your comparison and mine are apples and oranges. No one would ever argue Robert Horry is one of the greatest players ever simply because he has seven rings.

      You have to be great AND have the rings.

      LeBron and Jordan are apples to apples and to be the greatest player of all time, you have to at least be in the same ballpark as Jordan as far as rings are concerned. Until LeBron has at least 4, he’ll never be on the level of Jordan.

      Jordan also has 6 finals MVPs, never lost in the NBA finals and probably would have won eight straight titles if he didn’t quit to play baseball.

    • Josh
      7:00 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry, but no. Rings are won by TEAMS, not by individuals. One man can’t carry a team to the finals, no matter how good he is (Pistol Pete is the perfect example). Therefore, rings can’t be considered when talking about a player’s personal greatness. If Jordan was on a lesser team (as he was before Pippen came along), he would not have won as many rings as he did. Would he be less of a player if he didn’t win those 6 rings?

    • kyeric
      10:09 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      No. Championships ARE the only true way for any athlete to measure their greatness, regardless of sport.

      I agree with the point that to measure true greatness you have to be the best player on the team that wins championships. I you take away this as a standard, then what is the point of elite competition? I would argue that EVERY player that had amazing individual statistics (Tracy McGrady comes to mind) would give up those stats for the trophy. But, what if you won and were the most valuable player on that championship team? What about if you went to the championship 6 different times? And your team won and you were the MVP every time?

      Well, that just leaves Michael Jordan.

    • Buckets
      9:22 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      “One man can’t carry a team to the finals, no matter how good he is …”

      LeBron carried the Cavs to the finals, and AI carried the 76ers to the finals. Foiled again.

    • Buckets
      9:27 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      And if not for the Bad Boys Pistons, Jordan would have carried those Bulls teams that lost in Eastern Conference Finals to those great Pistons teams to the NBA Finals.

  11. bigbluenationbigredmachine
    7:51 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Who is this Rex person everyone is talking about? Haha

    • schwing
      10:57 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      clever. i’m guessing you scrolled right past the five other posts that made the same point. “first!” right? idiot.

  12. Y'all are very loyal
    8:25 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Rex is a fraud. We don’t want to hear about him. Y’all can be “boys” personally but we just don’t care. Rex doesn’t exist.

  13. Troy
    9:13 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Leave his sorry ass off this site.

    • schwing
      10:58 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      and all you had to do was scroll past. that would have taken much less time than coming into the comments section and actually typing a comment.

    • Haha
      11:32 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      “schwing” is almost undoubtedly that stalker that Rex was talking about.

  14. PittCat
    9:59 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Young Stan Van Gundy sighting! I mean, he looks exactly like old Stan Van Gundy but…wait…Is Stan Van Gundy a wizard?

  15. KyKid
    10:13 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Sorry, I know most hate Rex now but he is still one of my all time favorite players. He was so fun to watch.

    • schwing
      10:57 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      one of our best ever.

    • Haha
      11:33 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Schwing please loosen your lips from the head of Rex’s chode.

  16. cletus69
    12:39 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    What has that scrub ever won? Rex pales in comparison to MJ…6 NBA rings vs. Kentucky Mr. Basketball – hah!

  17. twodawginky
    3:37 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    The best one is the look away at the 1:53. Knew it was money

  18. Frankthetank
    4:04 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Has there ever been a Wildcat fall further or faster out of the good graces of the BBN??! The worst part is when you hear this idiot talk about his transgressions, he is clueless. No wonder Cal doesn’t like him!!

  19. rnet
    4:37 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    why does KSR try so hard to get BBN to like Chapman???? Let it go. He effed up and people are not getting over it. That is just the way it is. I used to love Chapman but after seeing his true colors I really could care less if I ever hear from or see a Chapman “anything” again. RIP …ex…..

  20. Sylvar
    11:29 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I forgot that Chapman played for Riley for awhile. UK double pump. All you Chapman haters must be kids who didn’t see him play. Seriously, you bail on him for that thing during the tourney? Weak. He was a Kentucky kid who played his heart out for UK and went on to represent well in the NBA. Suck it up.