I was watching that street ball show on ESPN 2 the other day, and it really bothered me. These kids and young adults spend so much time practicing amazing, fancy moves that are breathtaking- yet worthless in any serious organized game.
These moves must take so much time to practice and develop, its sad that they ignore their fundamental game to do something that should just be something to do on the side for fun.
There’s a guy who breakdances while dribbling! WTF? Yes, its amazing to look at, but what 's the point?
With the coordination and competitiveness these guys have, they could be working on their game day in and day out, especially their jumpshot and low post moves. But especially their jumper.
THey could be striving towards winning athletic scholarships for college and playing high levels of b-ball. In the long run, a college degree is worth exponentially more than not having one.
All these kids dream of playing in the big leagues, but the skills they practice are setting them up to be the 45 yr old guy in the neighborhood who’s a short-order cook or a garbagegeman but was a serious balla when he was a kid and is still respected.
THe guy who organizes the show says he loves street ball more than organized b-ball but he already received a D1 scholarship and got his degree. Its easy for him to organize this, he already has an education.
What happened to guys like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, guys who practiced all day in HS and college taking 100s and 100s of jumpers a day, and continued doing it even when they were already superstars?
These guys are growing up in other countries, that’s where they are.
If you have a deadly shot, you will always find a place to play, even if that’s all you can do well.
Remember short, not particularly athletic white guys like Paxson and Saxon who always came thru in the clutch for the Bulls, making backbreaking 3 pointers one after the other?
The losses to Italy and pr for the US team just hi-lited the lack of fundamental shooting skills of elite US players.
Both teams shot the light out from behind the 3 point line, while we missed 14 footers.
I hope coaches at even the youngest age groups start drilling into the minds of their players the importance of fundamental skills, because if they don’t, these kids are going to grow up into teenagers who only want to play like NBA supestars, and we all know how much teenagers listen to adults who tell them what to do. I don’t know any youth coaches so I’m not sure if that’s something they already take seriously.
BTW, I realize that if the US starting 5 were Kidd and Kobe at the guards, T-Mac/Rasheed and Garnett at the forwards, and of course Shaq at center, it wouldn’t even be close.
BUt that’s no excuse for our team to lose considering the elite players on the squad, even if they are a 1/2 step behind the superstars listed above.
Wat do u guys think?