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The misinformed spread of NBA history

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Social Media has led to The misinformed spread of knowledge on the history of the NBA.

The spreading of misinformation

When it comes to the NBA, the amount of misinformation being spread around on social media is staggering. It passes right over borderline into the ridiculous.

You have people comparing a current team or player to ones from the past without knowing the latters skillset well enough to properly speak about it.

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This ignorance is maddening, absurd, and it turns laughable, when other people cut from the same cloth, backup these far fetched, illiterate views regarding the history of the NBA.

Michael Jordan soaring through the air  with the ball in one hand, behind his head. This is part of the iconic history of the NBA
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Does it make them stupid to spew nonsense without historical context

In Understanding Stupidity, James F. Welles defines stupidity this way: “The term may be used to designate a mentality which is considered to be informed, deliberate and maladaptive.” Welles distinguishes stupidity from ignorance; one must know they are acting in their own worst interest.

I watched the history of the NBA when I was younger. It’s what I wanted to watch. If my friends came over they knew they might be watching old NBA games for 8 hours straight. I’d switch them in and out about every 15 minutes. It taught me to scout and evaluate talent. It was a gradual process that I didn’t look for.

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Watching one player or team would lead me to watch other teams and players. The time other people spent watching movies and television, I used to watch old NBA games.

I viewed it as an art form. After doing this for a long time, everything gets seen through a different lens. It’s probably the way a coach watching game film views it. That is the most humble way I can explain it.

In a generation filled with Info shouldn’t people’s knowledge be based on the factual?

We don’t have to wait for NBATV or ESPN Classic to air these games anymore. Today you can go to YouTube and see almost any game you want whenever you want. to become informed and develop a proper opinion on the history of the NBA that spawns accurate credence and makes your thoughts sensible.

Allen Iverson & Kobe Bryant at the 2001 Finals. The Lakers & Sixers have battled for supremacy throughout the history of the NBA.
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Kobe and Bubbachuck

To many opinionated fans don’t watch the games and convince themselves that their take isn’t worthless.

You don’t have to be a historian of the game to talk about The NBA.

If you are going to talk about historic players, you should go back and watch the players, and the games they played in.

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Knowledge = Wisdom

To speak with expertise requires the knowledge to do so. Otherwise your opinion holds no weight. You can be wrong or in disagreement, but I guarantee if they view the players they’re talking about, but if you have knowledge from practical practice, then your take won’t appear to be nonsensical and foolish.

The worst part is that one of these outlandish statements gets made, and other idiots online, back it up. That’s not the worst though, the worst is some kid who doesn’t know and isn’t trying to pretend to be knowledgeable sees this and assumes these idiots are stating facts and they trust in it as fact and pass it on as such.

Iverson VS. Zeke

The #1 thing these cats do is just look at stats and compare them. Young people don’t just rely on this! I’m a Sixers fan who grew up during the Iverson era. I got nothing but love for Bubba. He was my favorite player back then, and I still love his raw lightning style.

Last year, I was in a conversation on social media, this guy tried saying Iverson was a better player than Isiah Thomas. I told him about being a Philly fan, then let him know this was not accurate.

Joe Dumars & Isiah Thomas became members of the championship history of the NBA. Winning 2 straight titles '(89,'90)
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I explained how Thomas won in high school, at Indiana and back-to-back NBA titles. As an example I used the Denver Nuggets, stating that in 2007 and 2008 with Iverson, The Nuggets were an 8th seed in the West both seasons. Getting beat in the 1st round both times.

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Billups VS Iverson?

As 2009 got underway, Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals MVP was traded from the Pistons to Denver, in exchange for Iverson.

Billups in Detroit went to 2 Finals, won one championship and was a participant in the East Finals six straight seasons.

Not much else changed for the Nuggets, going from Iverson to the Billups switch.

8th seed to 2nd best

The first season with Billups, the Nuggets were the 2nd seed in the West and went to the West Finals. Kobe and the Lakers had to put in work to advance to the Finals in 6 games. The Pistons on the other hand haven’t reached The East Finals or anything close since Chauncey’s departure.

The team Larry Brown constructed in 1999, as Sixers head coach is the only way to win a title with a player like Allen Iverson.

He put 4 defensive and scrappy players around Allen. These players were not very effective offensively but the guards could hit an open jumper, and the bigs could get an offensive rebound and put it back, plus hit a 10 footer. These Sixers were tough, didn’t care if they got the ball, and could play some defense.

Iverson’s style to be effective was to dominate the ball. It’s not that he was selfish either. For him to not have the ball would make him a liability on the floor. For him to have the ball doesn’t work for a championship team with multiple scoring options. It’s just the way it is.

Chauncey Billups with the 2004 Larry o'Brien trophy and Finals MVP trophy. Posing in 2004.
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Billups with 2004 NBA Title and Finals MVP

Chauncey showed his winning ways, leadership, and team play in direct comparison against an Iverson, whose stats are better but never really made a team better overall.

In the end this guy shows Iverson and Zeke’s stats and to him this was the defining reason to why he was correct in saying Allen Iverson was a better player than Isiah Thomas.

Only the numbers mattered to him. Nothing else was needed for him to win this debate. SO FOOLISH. I knew by him doing this and his brazen attitude that he never saw Isiah Thomas play. Probably never seen A.I play either.

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Using that his method of judging I asked him was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the greatest player ever?

He said no. I guess his method follows no rules and works for him when it’s convenient. He probably doesn’t even know who Kareem is.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Oscar Robertson won a title for the Bucks in 1971.
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If he does is he aware Jabbar won a title in Milwaukee? He probably is, surely it can be found within his stats.

I wonder since he was so sure Iverson was better than Zeke, what would come into his mind if I said Reagan assassination attempt, Bernard King or the ankle game?

Jabbar was one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA
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Most Talented

These same people are of a hive mentality, when it comes to this era being the most talented in the history of the NBA. It is not.

The 1980’s and 1990’s both had more overall talent than the league has now. By this I’m referring to the superstars. The number of historic players and to what extent of greatness they represented.

That doesn’t mean I’m saying the current NBA superstars aren’t legends. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis are as good as it gets. They are legends. In today’s NBA, there are 5-7 legendary talents in the league.

Players who are certified all-time. Elite franchise players like Giannis have what it takes to be legendary but he still has a long way to go, working on his overall game. Ben Simmons too. They have what it takes to be legendary but until both can shoot better, they just have the potential.

LeBron’s Brain

A couple months ago, I was again having a conversation with someone who thought themselves a NBA historian. I can’t recall the specifics but this person said LeBron James was the greatest-of-all-time. LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA. No doubt, a true legend. He is today what Michael Jordan was in his time.

Lebron being the greatest ever isn’t one of the more ridiculous comments I’ve heard. There can atleast be an argument made to support it, even though I don’t agree with it. He then says “James has the greatest basketball mind ever and he knows what the other team is going to do next”. No one before ever had the knowledge and leadership of James, he continued to explained to me. A coach on the floor. Coach Bron.

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LeBron isn’t alone

Comparison to LeBron, Jordan, and Kobe.
A tale-of-the -tape on who was the best in the history of the NBA
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I’m not bothering arguing I just figure I’ll give this guy some advice and let him know Michael, Magic, Bird are some players who also had great minds for the game. Bill Russell too. Russell was the Celtics center and it’s literal head coach during the teams final 2 championships of the 1960’s.

I told him ‘LeBron does have one of the best minds ever but he doesn’t sit alone’.

The reply was “yes he does and it isn’t even close.”So once again I say

In Understanding Stupidity, James F. Welles defines stupidity this way: “The term may be used to designate a mentality which is considered to be informed, deliberate and maladaptive.” Welles distinguishes stupidity from ignorance; one must know they are acting in their own worst interest.

The Last Dance

Since the Last Dance aired, it seems that some fans are starting to understand that the NBA existed before they were fans. This is a good thing. It shouldn’t have taken a pandemic that led to a documentary for this epiphany to be processed by people. A generation with all the facts and data at their fingertips and they can’t process their MINDTHINK TO DO BRAIN THOUGHT.

A poster showing Michael Jordan's accomplishments for the history of the NBA
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A couple of days ago someone tweeted something along the lines of What Have You Learned from The Last Dance?

There were numerous replies. As I scrolled down I noticed every single one had a reference to LeBron James. Some Pro-James and some negative.

I went back to the top to see if I misread the tweet, I hadn’t.

LeBron James had nothing to do with the question but his name was littered within each and every reply. WTF!

Then I saw a tweet that made me go ahead with this post. It read along the lines of Jordan said “Joe Dumars was the toughest defender he ever faced, imagine if he had to contend with 6’7 Klay Thompson, Durant, and Draymond Green”.

The Chicago Bulls six championship rings
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WTF! Michael Jordan had to play against the Bad Boy Pistons driving his head into the floor. He annually had to defeat teams like The Knicks, Pacers, and Heat just to get to the Finals. If that doesn’t mean anything to you then you’re one of the people that this post is about. Learn more about the history of the NBA.

The players from these teams would have been suspended almost every game under today’s rules. These teams believed in no easy baskets, which means if a player drives the lane, he better hit the floor as hard as possible every time. Certain coaches even imposed fines if a score happened cleanly against his basket.

What if LeBron and Mike switched?

I just want to start off by saying, I’m a LeBron James fan. He’s the best player of his generation but he’s not Mike. If LeBron was to take Michael’s spot on the Bulls, I don’t know how many rings he would have, but it wouldn’t be six.

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On the flipside I don’t know how many rings Jordan would have in LeBron’s stead. What I do know is in 2009, Michael would have made it to the Finals. He wouldn’t have loss against an Orlando team led by Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkolgu. In 2011, I think he would have beaten Dallas with Wade and Bosh. Easily.

Michael Jordan wasn’t going to let anyone else eat. Not at all. The Magic floated through in 1995, but paid for it in 1996. Many have taken food off of LeBron’s table. That is the difference. That is the history of the NBA.

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