Monday, August 3, 2020

The misinformed spread of NBA history

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

The spreading of misinformation

When it comes to the NBA the amount of misinformation being spread around as fact 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.

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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.

Since I was a kid I taped and watched the history of the game. I’m talking boxes on boxes of DVDs.

I know these players so well that I can tell you in my favorite games what the announcers will say next. I watched these games to be informed. It was a gradual process.

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Watching one player or team would make me want 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. When doing this after a couple decades everything is 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 that spawns accurate credence and makes your thoughts sensible.

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Too 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 but 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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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 you view the players you’re talking about even if no one agrees with your take atleast your words won’t appear as foolish nonsense.

The worst part is that one of these outlandish statements gets made and the 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 see’s 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 a teenager 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. Raw lightning is what Philly play-by-play man Marc Zumoff called Bubba before the tip-off of his first NBA game.

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.

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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 years. Getting swept in the 1st round both times.

Billups VS Iverson?

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

Billups in Detroit went to 2 Finals, won one championship and was a participant in the East Finals 6 straight seasons.

Not much else changed for The Nuggets from the years with 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 to it since Chauncey’s departure.

Philadelphia head coach Larry Brown knew in 1999 what I know now about Iverson. The team Brown constructed is the only hope 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.

Iverson’s style to be effective was to have 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Most Talented

These same people are of a hive mentality when it comes to this era being the best talent in the NBA ever at one time. 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.

I’d say 1985-1995 is the 10 year period that was the greatest in NBA history. This is strictly my opinion and give or take a year or two.

Lebron’s Brain

A couple months ago I was again having a conversation with someone who thought themselves as an NBA historian. I can’t recall the specifics but this person said Lebron James was the Greatest of All-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 explained to me. A coach on the floor, Coach Bron.

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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 also. 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 beginning of The Last Dance It seems that some fans are starting to pick up on the idea 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.

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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 and 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.

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WTF! Michael Jordan had to play against The Bad Boy Pistons driving his head into the floor. He also 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.

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 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 against an Orlando team led by Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkolgu and I think in 2011 he would have beaten Dallas.

In the end Michael Jordan wasn’t going to let anyone else eat. Many have taken food off of Lebron’s table.

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