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, "Dean Oliver <deano@r...>"
> Charlie Rosen is an interesting character. He may end up getting
> sued for libel for his book the Wizard of Odds, the book on Jack
> Molinas and gambling. There are a lot of people who really don't
> trust him. He has ended up doing work for ESPN and some people
> bitter at that since he supposedly blends fact and fiction without
> much consideration. I don't know much about him at all, but the
> that has been associated with him is hard to miss.
Rosen definitely comes across as an eccentric who is unreliable.
however, if anyone would exagerate the good old days it would be
him. thus, if he admits that defensive sets were simpler in those
days i think it lends credence to the idea.
> Interesting that Shaq is now considered as not very nimble. He
> definitely considered quick, athletic, and agile for a long time.
> think the injuries and the general perception that he is so much
> bigger than everyone else has negated the perception that he is
> quick. And he definitely isn't as quick as he once was.
> Did anyone else read the article on Stanley Roberts? I didn't
> realize that Roberts was seen as the same caliber prospect as Shaq
> back at LSU, which is what the SI article seems to imply. My
> definitely has Shaq always more bally-hooed. Roberts did outplay
> their one year together, but Shaq scared people in how talented he
> was. Roberts was just a very good center.
I read the roberts article and i remember them (with chris
jackson/abdul-rauf) in 90-91. they played a crazy game against
loyola marymount with bo kimble and hank gathers that ended up like
170-165. they never did much besides this. lsu was eliminated by
georgia tech in the second round. if i recall, even back then
people knew shaq would be better. he was being hyped more than
roberts but people thought roberts would be good but he ended
getting fat and flunking out. if i recall the stats the two big men
had equal stats that first year but shaq really started busting out