Re: Dilution, balance, and Bob-bashing
- I am reluctant to bring this up because it seems like the whole
comparing eras discussion is finally dying down but i read old-timer
charley rosen on espn. here is his take on defenses and how they
have changed over the years in the context of a chat on wilt and
My buddies and I have a running argument about how effective Wilt
Chamberlain would be if he were playing today. My friends say he
would never average as much as 30 and 15, and I maintain that he
would be a dominant player. What's your opinion? -- Michael S.
Saldarriag, Palisades Park, NJ
The game was vastly different back when Uncle Wiltie was averaging
50+ points and 20+ rebounds. Even though Wilt was matched up against
the likes of Bill Russell and Nate Thurmond, team defenses were much
cruder and centers were rarely double-teamed. (How many points would
Shaq score playing one-on-one?) I heartily concur with old-timers
like Tex Winter and Bill Sharman who believe that Shaq has more
offensive weapons than Wilt ever did -- and Shaq certainly has more
of a killer-instinct. Before his knee surgery, however, Wilt was
more nimble-footed and consequently a better rebounder and shot-
blocker. I'd also give Wilt the edge in passing -- in 1967-68 he led
the league in assists (702 total; 8.6 per game). If my opinion is
the deciding factor, then you win.
> 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