I sure would like to hear the context, and maybe the tone, surrounding these comments. I guess they could have been joking but I doubt it. And even if they were, how they thought this was appropriate comedic material will forever escape me. Some people have no class.
My top 5 of the “modern era”, assuming since 1990: 1. Hakeem Olajuwon One of the best centers ever to play the game, probably behind only Russell and Chamberlain. He has excellent athletic ability and is capable of lighting it up on any given night.