Yeah, and as to a double sport athlete, Danny Ainge was as good as most of the others...much more dominant than was Neal....ask any Boston sports fan. He was a high school All-American in baseball, basketball, and football, won the John Wooden Award while at BYU, in addition to playing in the MLB and NBA.
The John Wooden award is like the Heisman Trophy for football and the Dan Hodge award for wrestling. Neal actually was a better wrestler in college than Ainge was a basketball player, four time All-American (4th, 2nd, 1st and 1st in the NCAA's). Ainge was a very good athlete though, better than Gretzky, no doubt, most likely a little better than Jordan.
Ainge's baseball career:
Ainge was selected in baseball's 1977 amateur draft by Toronto. He made it to the major leagues with the Blue Jays in 1979 while still in college. Mostly a second baseman, he played third base and outfield positions as well, hitting .220 in his baseball career with 2 home runs and 146 hits in 211 games. He is the youngest player in Blue Jays history to hit a home run at 20 years and 77 days. Ainge played on the losing end of Len Barker's 1981 perfect game, going 0-for-2.
After three years with the Blue Jays, Ainge decided to pursue a career in basketball and was chosen in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who had to buy out Ainge's contract from the Blue Jays after a legal battle
I would have to take Neal but athletic between the two in terms of overall careers, but most likely equal in their own way of being athletes. Ainge was only a one time first team college AA in basketball and one time WAC player of the year. Neal was like I said a 4X AA, 2X National champion, 4X Pac-10 Champion, 3X Pac-10 MVP and lead his team to what wold be like being in the Elite 8 twice and final four once with 2 Pac-10 Championships at a 5,000 student school.