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It isn't stopping people from trying.
These 2 posts are officially kevin level stupid not worth responding to seriously (in the future, abbreviated to kLSNWRTS)
Yeah 6 in 8 is certainly a sign of greater dominance.
But it's not like Jordan wasn't playing in those years the Bulls didn't make the Finals. It's a different kind of dominance, but I'm not sure there's any less dominance in being a star on a championship team at ages 22 and 37.
He still doesn't have the killer instinct of a Jordan or Kobe
So, so over this meme.
for Jordan, every FULL year in his prime.
He still doesn't have the killer instinct of a Jordan or Kobe, but that doesn't justify knocking him for last night, either.
I'm honestly not sure what would be more impressive - 6 titles in 8 years or 6 in 15.
by trying to kindle a Kobe vs. LeBron fight
(Man, it's somewhat impressive trolling to react against the "killer instinct" trope not by calling it bullshit, but by trying to kindle a Kobe vs. LeBron fight. Bonus points for the extra Russell throwaway jab, too.)
Looks like Quin Snyder will get the Utah job.
What about 11 in 13 years, Moses? How impressive would it be if somebody did that?
Who's Quin Snyder and should I be happy or sad?
For anybody who likes book learnin' in a coach, Snyder is your man. He has a JD and a MBA, and double-majored in Poli Sci and Philosophy at Duke. Ettore Messina thought enough of him after being on staff with him in LA for a year to hire him as CSKA's lead assistant. Snyder worked under Budenholzer in Atlanta last year.
There is a faction of Lakers fans who will be a little bummed by this assuming it is true; Snyder had his supporters.
ESPNSteinLine Marc Stein
One scenario circulating in coach circles is that Snyder, upon landing Utah job, will try to import Euro legend Ettore Messina as assistant
coachthorpe david b. thorpe
I have 1 comment regarding LeBron: if you don't get how his body shut down on him, then you don't understand athletics. So stop commenting.
If you're confused, LeBron is a lot better than Kobe.
No player wins everything every year, with the possible exception of Jordan in his prime.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone international to look for a new coach.
The team has contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about its coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.
They beat Syracuse (38-34) and St Louis (34-38). That's like having Miami play the 2014 Bobcats, moving on to the finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and crowning themselves champions.
But the modern talent pool has very likely expanded faster than the league size.
In the playoffs, you're facing the top of the talent pool.
Three rounds of playoffs is the tipping point, IMO.
Talent dilution is really a simple concept to understand and I am dumbfounded why people are having so much trouble grasping it.
My favorite teams (Run TMC, the first Houston championship team) would get overrun by equivalently successful current teams.
And yet Russell, Jabbar, and Chamberlain appear so much more athletic and graceful than anyone we have playing today.
I'd guess there were a lot more players from Russell's day that couldn't make a roster in today's NBA
To have 20% of the league make the All-Star Game, as was the case in 1958 (20 All-Stars out of 99 players), you'd have to increase the current All-Star roster to 48 players in each league. I like Al Jefferson's chances in that scenario.
-Chris Andersen is from Blinn College, for god's sake. He's a D-league guy
Andersen "wouldn't have gotten a look" in 1957 because NBA organizations then didn't have anything approaching the scouting apparati they have today
Let us define the terms of the question this way. If we had an objective rating of a player's inherent ability, unadjusted for level of competition as observed performance inherently is, how many players in 2014 do you think are as good or better than the top 20 players in 1958?
But isn't that sort of getting into "what if Hannibal had attack helicopters" territory?
Kevin, I'm not arguing that players today aren't better.
I don't believe this at all. Run TMC looks ahead of its time if anything. A guy like Hakeem would be unstoppable in todays game.
Looking at footage from 30 or even 40 years ago on youtube, I see lots of changes in terms of scheme and philosophy, but I don't really see that that the caliber of player has changed much, at the high end at least.
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of top athletes in a lot of sports wouldn't also be amazing at other sports, given desire and practice time. Polymaths are more rare today, though, given the benefits that specialization provides.
Kevin Garnett, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitski, and Chris Bosh (just off the top of my head) might not be listed as 7' but they're pretty close. I think they're at least in the discussion as far as most "athletic and graceful" 7 footers ever.
They would have been in that era.
Anyone as tall as Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, or Kevin Durant in a previous era would have been a full-time center.
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