Re: UK Basketball 8th Edition
Your claim, correct me if I'm wrong, is that the college game is less than it was-- that it's talent level is watered down. If that's not the case, I apologize for misinterpreting you.
If it is, your claim is flawed. Tisdale is ranked among the top 350 NBA players of all time and had a career average of more than 15 points per game despite being sidelined with diabetes and bum knees for most of the decade he was good.
I'd call that a pretty outstanding career myself.
Sampson is considered among the top 150 NBA players of all time and also averaged 15 points per game despite leg and knee injuries. He's a basketball Hall of Famer to boot.
Both were truly outstanding players, long-time NBA starters who deserve accolades.
Were they as good-- as talented-- as many believed? Probably not, largely due to injuries. Both were in college systems that fed them the ball and both were able to take advantage of gifts others did not possess (height and bulk). I'd also add that both got quite a few calls in college that they didn't get in the NBA and that they played lower to the rim or with fewer moves than comtemporaries.
We also can't overlook the great play of others at that era. Tisdale had Larry Bird to compare to, as well as McHale, Dr. J, Barkley, Bernard King, Dominique Wilkins-- and that's only forwards in the East. It'd be pretty hard to crack that forward lineup to make an All Star game, yes? Too, Sampson wasn't even the best center on his own team-- Olajuwon was. That said, Olajuwon is one of the three or four best centers to ever play the game, so Sampson's numbers would be negated a bit. But he's not going to make many All Star games either, not with Olajuwon, Robinson, Abdul-Jabbar, Issel, and others in the West.
If you're keeping score at home, eight of those players are among the NBA's 50 Greatest, a massive number.
Lastly, if you want to argue this only on logic-- since almost every talking head across the sports world is talking about how watered down the talent is going to be in 2013, it must be watered down from something above it, yes? A - B = C and all that.
Too, those same talking heads wrote column after column about the high talent level in basketball in 2012.
Everyone can't be biased, can they?
If you'd like to show me a column or three that shows differently, I'd love to see who wrote them.
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Last edited by Scrap Irony; 05-19-2012 at 06:28 PM.