But I have to say this to my respected friends here at the cafe.
Regarding our pathetic Olympic basketball team and as seen in a LONG thread at http://forums.espn.go.com/espngames/thr ... ortBy=null
I am embarassed by the performance of our basketball players in the most recent Olympics.
I fault the NBA big whigs and more specifically the way they have altered the rules and manipulated the refereeing. I'm not going to make many friends here, but Michael Jordan was great, but not that great. Put his performances in a college game where the refs don't give a darn who you are and/or objective refereeing and I GARUNTEE that Michael Jordan would have had significant reductions in his scoring, eligibility in games (fouls called against) and overall greatness. (still probably would have been the best even though his title winning shot over Bryon Russell was an offensive foul)
For too long the NBA has allowed and promoted anti-fundamental basketball by allowing traveling, bail-out fouls for stars and no calls against premier players while promoting selfish, impure and boring basketball. Finally this lazy and pompous attitude has come back to disgrace our country. No wonder myself and most of America has turned away from the NBA and to the NFL and MLB(among others)for quality, pure sports play.
Wisdom can give you direction, emotion gets you there. - Jim Rohn