What the Game Is STILL Missing; Why the NBA Is Not the Same

May 9th, 2010 by Gregory Calvaire Leave a reply »
The NBA's obsession for star power has compromised the position of role players.

At the risk of sounding a bit audacious, I must say that now more than ever I miss the good ol’ days of the NBA. Coming from a basketball fan that never lived to see Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, George Gervin, or Dr. J play, this assertion sizzles with irony, but the past 10 years of basketball feel more like a century than a decade.

The game is changing so much and I can’t help thinking it is changing for the worse. It used to be a league of will and desire, where the best teams fought endlessly for championships lead by elite talents but propelled by top notch role players.

Now we prepare for a 2010 free agency class promising a plethora of superstars for sale, which had GMs cleaning out their rosters like a dirty attic, unloading contract after contract for minimal value in a wild goose chase for “The King.” What general managers fail to realize, is that talent alone does not win championships.

These overpaid stars of the new millennium refuse to get their hands dirty and scrap. They no longer take a char ...

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