Re: What is happening to the NBA?
posted at 7/23/2010 9:04 PM EDT
Dafoe, I thought this was a strong thread. I do continue to enjoy the NBA but there is definitely a sense of tough-minded dues-paying lane-blocking blue collarism that is missing from today's NBA. I do think you can expand that discussion though to include other professional sports and in general our celebrity obsessed culture where fame is awarded without merit. But your points are well taken. I did like how Kevin Durant quietly extended his contract in OKC without fanfare though. Some guys do seem to get it.
It's too bad pud attempted to hijack your thread with yet another one of his endless rants about Rajon Rondo, who has been tried and convicted in his mind for crimes unknown to the rest of us.
But since pud decided to post more hate on Rondo, as if playing for team USA is going to make Rondo a worse player, here's some commentary:
Chris Mannix, a good NBA reporter, noted:
"Rondo has been among the standouts in camp, drawing praise from USA Basketball officials for his decision-making and ability to run a team. Should he make the first cut -- the roster will be sliced to about 15 when camp picks up in New York early next month, and 12 players will represent the U.S. at the world championships in Turkey beginning Aug. 28 -- Rondo says he will continue to try to make the team.
"I definitely want to be there," Rondo said. "This is a unique experience."
"Rondo expressed his excitement via Twitter: “Playing for Team USA this summer. Looking forward to repping our country."
"He's a phenomenal player" - Kevin Durant.
Ric Bucher: "in Wed's Team USA scrimmage Rondo threw a 30-ft reverse-spin bounce pass that was vintage Paul."
""First of all, I love his ball pressure and his tenacity," Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He and Westbrook are elite in that. As a point guard if you're putting on that pressure, the very first thing is you want guys playing passing lanes behind you. If we can coordinate that denial, and everyone is out in the passing lanes instead of playing back, maybe you can hedge and maybe you can gamble a little bit more."
Of course, Rondo might not even make the team, there are a bunch of excellent point guards trying out for the 12 man roster (there will be more chances to make the team later).
But, in the meantime, might be nice for the puds and duds of the world to take chips off shoulder and grow up a little. Using someone's desire to play for Team USA as a sign of their immaturity is one of the weaker arguments ever used on this board.