NBA Killers: Power Ranking the Top 10 NBA Players With True Killer Instinct

November 4th, 2010 by Pat Mixon Leave a reply »
What separates the great from legend? Why is it that certain players seem to rise not only to the occasion but rip your heart out at the same time? One answer: killer instinct.

Michael Jordan is arguably regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time. I’m not here to debate if he is or isn’t. But one trait is undeniable: Michael’s killer instinct.

MJ would not only beat you but slash your throat in the process. He took competitiveness to an entirely new level. He refused to lose.

Magic Johnson appeared to be all smiles, running and gunning, dishing and faking, but down deep, Magic was just as ruthless as MJ. The Magic man wouldn’t want to lose at anything. He’s notoriously known for wanting to win at cards on the team plane as much as Game Seven of the NBA Finals.

Larry Bird was brutal. He’d do anything to win. And, he’d look you in the eye and tell you that you were going to lose and how. So much so the legend goes that he walked into the locker room at an NBA All-star game before the three-point contest and barked these famous words: “You’re all playing for second.” ...

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