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Rosen Ranks the Centers

Charley Rosen at FOXSports.com finishes ranking every position with his look at the centers.

Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nate Thurmond, and Bill Walton made the cut, in that order.

Rosen includes a re-telling of two great anecdotes about Wilt Chamberlain, who came in fourth on the list:

The trouble was that Chamberlain rarely focused on winning championships. He did win with the 1966-67 Philadelphia Warriors, but only after coach Alex Hannum shoved Wilt against a locker and threatened to smash his face if he didn't play the game the right way. Wilt's other title, with the 1971-72 L.A. Lakers, was motivated by coach Bill Sharman's slick psychology. "I'd just keep asking him questions about strategy," says Sharman, "until Wilt came up with the right answer. Then I'd tell him how smart he was and what a great idea he'd come up with. Thinking that every important strategy was his, Wilt played championship ball."