I’m as old school as you can get and respect the legends and pioneers of the game to the utmost. With that said, I’m struggling to defend Oscar Robertson and his take on today’s NBA.
And because I have so much respect for the Big O, i’m not going to say much about the little he had to say, with the exception of him bringing up Adrian Smith when asked about Steph Curry. If you aren’t familiar with Smith, he was a teammate of Robertson and a career 43% shooter. We can’t fairly compare their shooting range since the NBA didn’t have a 3-point line back then, but during Smith’s 1 year in the ABA, he connected on 2 of 11 from downtown. As for awards and accolades, he won the All-Star game MVP during his one and only NBA season by scoring 24 points in 26 minutes. Are you not impressed?
Here’s what Oscar had to say about a few other things including how the Warriors play.
“I think Golden State and some other teams play very well, but look at the game of basketball,” he said. “They run one play. Well, maybe two plays. They’ve got a high-pick with the center, then the shooters run baseline trying to get open with blocks from the forwards. I mean that’s it. You don’t see hardly any reverse plays at all, no double screens, no weak side and whatnot.”
On current coaches.
“I just don’t think coaches today in basketball understand the game of basketball. They don’t know anything about defenses. They don’t know what people are doing on the court. They talk about analytical basketball and stuff like that.”
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