The State of the NBA
This off-season we saw some good players go to contending teams rather than go to teams not as good or stay with the team they are on that is not as good (Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter as a few examples). Though with that said I feel like a lot of the players in the NBA do not understand there roles in the league. I see too many guys who would succeed a lot more as a 6th or 7th man on a team rather than a starter and a team's 2nd option. Players today have a sense of entitlement that they are a lot better than they really are. You look at the past, while their were less teams, it was much more of a team game. The Knicks of the 70s had a hall of fame line up (Walt, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, and Willis Reed, 4 of which are the 50 greatest players) something unheard of and I don't think with players egos today we will ever see that. I may sound like a cynic, but I love the NBA a lot and hearing stories about this from my father I have always longed for a more team-oriented game.
well the game has changed dramatically since the 70's man...they didnt even have a 3 point line until the 79-80 season
well people don't remember your name if you team was great, they remember you if you were great. if lebron never wins a championship we will still be talking about him well after he retires. but who is really going to care about derrick fisher after he is gone?
knicksfan4life71390, what your father said about the NY Knicks was very true. But why did the Knicks win? Unlike most of the other teams in the league, they actually had very smart guys who functioned very well as a unit. That was also true of the Celtics in the 60's and 70's.
In the 60's and 70's players were paid by their PPG average, so you can imagine most guys were far more interested in their scoring totals than they were in team achievements. Red Auerbach of the Celtics was the first GM who paid guys based upon their role on the team, as opposed to their PPG average. Auerbach had guys who were on the team to rebound and play defense while other guys were paid to score.
That was also true of the Knicks during the 70's and they were the smartest team in the league. There were many other teams with just as much talent as NY but they didn't play as a unit.
Even though I don't like one on one play, especially at the end of the game, on balance I think today's NBA is actually far advanced over many of the teams of the 70s in terms of playing team basketball. That might be hard to believe and it's not true for all franchises, but I think it's truer than it was back in the seventies.
Now if you go back to the 1950's, I think that was probably when team basketball reigned supreme.
As a little aside, one of the big changes that brought a new level of selfishness to basketball was the establishment of the "Free Agent" concept. Prior to that, once a team drafted you, unless they decided to trade your contract, that was it.
Players nowadays are coddled from the moment they step on the court and show some semblence of a game. It's not just the NBA, either. It runs down to college, high school, and AAU (HS and AAU are two entirely different entities--and monsters)