Originally Posted by JohnnySic
While I agree that heights fro prior eras can be understated, we're going a little too far here.
Kareem was about a legit 7'2", maybe a fraction over, about Big Z's height. But 7'5" is crazy.
Wilt was a legit 7'+ and could be listed at 7'2" in today's league.
Garnett is just shy of 7'; Shaq has at least 1.5" on him.
Walton is 7'.
What do you know that I don't?
What's crazy about Kareem being 7'5"? I literally stood 20 feet from him and Manute Bol standing on a basketball court and he did not look noticeably shorter. Combine that with several players who say he was definitely taller than his listed 7'2" and I think it's a pretty close estimation.
Garnett's over 7", Shaq's probably a legit 7'1 without shoes. And nobody looks bigger than him, not even Yao.