We don’t know who started this you-ain't-nothing-without-the-bling thing in pro sports, but it has got to stop as soon as possible, if not earlier.
If the number of championship rings really is the measure of greatness, as too many seem to think, then the best NBA player of the expansion era is none other than — drum roll, please — Robert Horry (seven rings as a player)?! Oh, and K.C. Jones (eight rings) is better than John Stockton (zippo), too.
True, some of the best players need only to look in the mirror to understand why there’s no championship bling in their vaults. Yet pro sports can be crueler than post-happy hour. Too many times the inability to win the big one comes down to a bad bounce, a bad call, a bad matchup, bad health or just plain bad luck.
Based on career achievements, statistics and metrics, these are the 25 greatest NBA players without a league championship on their resumes.
The qualifiers: Players with ABA titles aren’t eligible. Sorry, Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel, but you had a taste of it. And active ones need to have played at least 10 seasons to be considered.