ESPN’s Bill Simmons has written his best article in years, and I couldn’t agree with him more on this issue. As someone who grew up in the Jordan era, I became a fan at precisely the wrong time. From his era onward, we’ve had a generation full of me-first shooters, and as a result, we’ve had some terribly boring years of basketball. Such a mentality has filtered down to the college ranks over the years, and O.J. Mayo is looking to continue that tradition at USC next year.
Just read the article, and keep hoping that Harding will be able to find the guys like Kevin Love, and not like Mayo.
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Well then, if that’s the way you feel, then you had to enjoy the way the Final Four turned out, right?
I’m not really sure what you’re getting at there, unless you’re saying that tOSU is full of me-first shooters. I’m not saying they’re not, just trying to figure out what you mean by that. I was rooting for your Gators to beat tOSU, though.
If you’re talking about “selfish” players like Oden and Conley who are probably one-and-done, I don’t have a big problem with them. I’d do the same thing if I were in their shoes (who wants to risk getting hurt when you’re going to have a huge payday in front of you?). The NBA’s rule is stupid…they need to go to more of an NFL-style rule or drop it entirely.
Maybe all this was really brought on by some kind of pent-up animosity toward Jordan because he played for Carolina and led the Bulls, two teams that I have loved to hate (until I stopped caring as much about the NBA).
I was actually just talking about enjoying the team-first mentality of the two-time champs.
I don’t have any issues with this year’s Ohio State team. Seeing guys like Oden and Conley in college for one year is better than not seeing them at all.
I was actually amazed when they rattled off the scoring averages of the Gator starting five during the broadcast. I didn’t realize they were so close (between 9.9 and 13.2 at the end of the season). That’s pretty darn impressive.