I love basketball. Most of all, I love good smart team basketball. It's why I loved the 80s Celtics (and grudgingly the 80s Lakers), the recent Suns teams, and many others. Basketball is a sport that has been destroyed by a superstar mentality, where one person is greater than the team. It's the reason I will never like Michael Jordan (although I certainly acknowledge his dominance). The new idea of basketball is perhaps typified by this quote from Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard:
“They told me to grab them, but sometimes blocking a shot and sending it out of bounds shows a team it’s not going to be easy to come in the paint,” Howard said. “Grabbing it, that’s like being a showoff or something like that, even though it is kind of cool.”
What? He likes giving the other team possession? Sheesh. Has he never talked to Bill Russell. Blocking the ball out of bounds is a silly and wasteful move that doesn't really help your team that much. It's also selfish.
On a side note, the Orlando press have a really silly habit of being way too easy on Howard. The fawning is annoying. This is a bad incidence, but not nearly as bad as the ridiculous MVP votes they give him. Until Howard gets a legitimate post move, he will never be the player he should be. And the above quote shows that his attitude is following his game. Too bad really.
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