Re: Dilution, balance, and Bob-bashing
- --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "Mike G <msg_53@h...>"
> The fact is, there are players from all over the country and fromaway
> different social backgrounds, but the racial majority has walked
> from the game. This cannot possibly be a good thing, or one thatis
> best served by saying 'It's not a problem'.I guess no one has shown that the racial majority has walked away
from the game. They play more often now than ever before (as the
NCAA cites in their annual stats). They don't make it to the NBA as
much. If they play more than ever, but don't make it to the top
level as much, how is that a problem?
> I think of the midwestern kid with the hoop nailed to the side ofthe
> barn; later he plays organized ball. He is almost extinct.That player is absolutely not extinct. What is going extinct,
according to the press (which may not necessarily be right), are kids
just playing on the playground (you said this yourself about your
hometown). Too many kids are going to too many camps during the
offseason where they play too many games with too little practice
under frazzled coaches who let them do Sportscenter moves. Look at
the basketball coaching Yahoo group and they talk about this
frequently. Their discussions are about white kids, black kids,
asian kids, hispanic kids and even girls to a lesser degree.
So the "deafening silence" you mention every time you bring up the
fact that there are fewer white players in the NBA than ever
(implying that it is true throughout all levels of basketball) is
because, well, I at least am uncertain what the problem is. I see
(You'd be better off saying that top level scouting is biased against
white players, allowing skilled white players to fall through the
cracks, just as it happened for black players for a long time. That,
of course, is unsubstantiated but the speculation has been around and
you could probably dig up some real justification.)
> I particularly enjoyed Rosen's article on the Sonics where hewatched
> one game (one of the worst of the year, for what it's worth) andPut me firmly in the "pompous windbag" camp. The best thing about the
> acted like he knew something about the team. Apparently, Desmond
> Mason can't make a jumper because he had one bad night.
Mason comment, for instance, was that Rosen said the reason Mason
can't make a jumper was his "low release point", which was hilarious
on several levels:
1) Apparently he's never watched Steve Kerr. Or Andrew Toney. Or
Bryce Drew. Or about a hundred other guys who shoot from under their
chin but make everything.
2) Mason's release point isn't low, especially given that he's about
20 feet off the ground when he shoots it.
3) Mason's problem isn't the release point, it's the lack of arc on