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  •  This sounds strangely similar (3+ / 0-)
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    to the complaints of that guy who wanted to create an all-white league.

    •  some people like to have rules (5+ / 0-)

      the NBA died for me the day I saw Isaiah Thomas walking on the court with the basketball in his palm up hand, just walking along, talking to the referee!, chatting and walking. I hadn't noticed that a timeout had been called and, in fact, there wasn't one. 15 feet or so later Thomas stopped gabbing, turned his hand over and started dribbling.

      Then there was Jake O'Donnell throwing Clyde Drexler out of a game because he didn't like him!

      It's no longer basketball. It's something else, an entertainment product with great athletes.

      If the guy you're referring to really wants an all-white league he's an idiot but if he wants a leagues with basketball rules that's something else. I'll bet he's an idiot though.

      As far as basketball goes, it's too late to return to what it was. Hey, know what else I hate about it? The announcers who do their pro wrestling imitation, getting worked up about nice plays but screaming as if each one is the most absolutely incredible physical feat ever accomplished.

      •  Yeah, what ever happened to traveling? (1+ / 0-)
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        NBA is just a street ball game now. Actually, it's not even that. It's a bunch of overgrown crybabies getting in traffic jams on courts that are too small for their mutant frames and pulling the equivalent of "MAAAAN I DIDN'T DO NOTHIN'!" whenever their fouls are called.

        "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

        by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 03:38:21 PM PDT

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        •  "street ball game" (1+ / 0-)
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          Racially tinged words like that are why these arguments rub me the wrong way. There's a definite racial underpinning to all the nostalgic pining for the way the game "used to be."

          •  Oh, come on. (0+ / 0-)

            It has nothing to do with who plays the game and everything to do with how it's played. A game played on a concrete lot somewhere is going to be played differently from a game played at the Y, regardless of the race(s) of the players.

            "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

            by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 08:26:14 PM PDT

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      •  As Stephen Colbert said (2+ / 0-)
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        who would want to watch Lebron James dunk when you could watch an hour of cleanly executed bounce passes instead?!

      •  Shahryar: do watch the WNBA (2+ / 0-)
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        at all?

        Below-the-rim games are, IMHO, much nearer real basketball than the NBA.

        Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 06:42:49 PM PDT

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