Time to re-think this whole numbering thing
We do seem to have a fascination with numbers here in our little corner of the world, don’t we? Averages, true average, ratings, points, assists, rebounds, whatever.
But maybe it’s time to retire some.
Like 2, 3, 4, 5.
When it comes to basketball positions, that is.
I think we’ve seen enough change in the game, and interchangeable parts, that to suggest some one is a shooting guard as opposed to a small forward, or a centre rather than a power forward, should probably be re-thought.
I know a lot of coaches have already done away with the distinction, they talk of wings and bigs rather than the traditional numeric system that’s been around for eons.
Guess it came up with all the hullabaloo I’ve been seeing over the likes of Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson and to a lesser extent Reggie Evans and even Ed Davis.
None of them are what consider “true” fours or fives but the question is: Does it matter?
The way the game is evolving is towards multi-faceted players and styles, everyone is searching out guys who can do a little bit of everything and can go to different spots on the floor and do different things.
No, Andrea is not a centre in the old school of thought and neither is Johnson. But what’s Pau Gasol? A power forward? Sure, when he’s on the court with Andrew Bynum I guess he is. But what about when he’s playing alongside Lamar Odom? Who’s the “centre” then?
What about Tim Duncan? Four? Sure, maybe next to someone like, oh, Tiago Splitter this year or David Robinson in the past? Or a five? Yeah, when Matt Bonner’s at the other frontcourt position, sure he is.
Chris Bosh? A centre? Sure, sometimes, I guess. Sometimes not.
Look at the twos and threes. What’s Kobe? How about LeBron? Do you really think either of them should be pigeon-holed? No.
Sure, there are those who still should be classified the olden way, I suppose. Shaq, who’s pretty much done; Yao, who’ll play half a game this year apparently; and Dwight Howard, one of the true “centres” left in the game. I’m sure there are others but they are the exceptions that prove a new rule around the game.
So instead of fixating on numeric positions and carrying on the way they did in the day of Wilt and Russell and the like, perhaps it’s time to see them for what they are:
Hmm, look what I found.
Q: Thanks for the brief synopsis of the Women's Worlds. Honestly don't know how closely I'll follow outside of your blog, but I truly hope our Canadian ladies show well...and if by the sounds of it, it just means, showing up, competing and playing hard, then so be it. GO CANADA. Having said that, you mentioned Canada seems to be in the Group of Death. If you were to take Canada out of their group, and replace the predicted 4th place team in each of the other groups (or just one based on your time), how would they finish? I realize they would be in tough in any group as this is THE WORLDS, but I am curious. Thanks as always for broadening the spectrum of our basketball enthusiasm! Peace
Q: Thanks for the brief synopsis of the Women's Worlds. Honestly don't know how closely I'll follow outside of your blog, but I truly hope our Canadian ladies show well...and if by the sounds of it, it just means, showing up, competing and playing hard, then so be it. GO CANADA.
Having said that, you mentioned Canada seems to be in the Group of Death. If you were to take Canada out of their group, and replace the predicted 4th place team in each of the other groups (or just one based on your time), how would they finish? I realize they would be in tough in any group as this is THE WORLDS, but I am curious.
Thanks as always for broadening the spectrum of our basketball enthusiasm!
John D, Cairo
A: My depth of knowledge of the international women’s game still needs a lot of work but from talking to people who know the game, and what I know about it myself, I think they might finish fourth behind USA, Greece and France in Group B, I could see them qualifying out of Group C behind Brazil and Spain and they’d be in tough in Group D with Russia, Czech Republic and Argentina, although I think they could get the Argentines.
But you’re right, it is the worlds, it’s not supposed to be easy.
Feel a sense of calm settling over the world today?
Leaves 4, Ottawas 1 and I don’t read a single report that talks about boos.
Thank goodness that order has been restored in the world of pucks.
So Adam Silver and his folks and Billy Hunter and his gang of merry men sat down for a three-hour tour of CBA negotiations yesterday and it sounds like everyone left the room singing Kumbaya and holding hands.
Now, I don’t usually put any stock in quotes uttered after negotiation sessions but even I have to admit the tenor seemed far better after that one than it has been. No name-calling, no outright dismissal of information offered, no gloom and doom.
Of course, with the current collective bargaining agreement not expiring until June 30 there is all kinds of time for unpleasantries and posturing but it’s nice not to hear any on the eve of camp.
I’ve held all along that I don’t think there’ll be any games or days missed because of a lockout, I honestly think no one’s stupid enough to go down that road and kill the fatted beast that is the NBA and nothing I’ve heard of late has made me change my mind.
Sure, there have to be changes to the economic structure – perhaps in the percentage of revenue that goes to salaries, probably in the revenue-sharing model between the teams – but surely to all that’s good in the world, someone smarter than me sitting at that table will figure out a work stoppage is economic suicide.
There’s always room for more mail in the in-box. Let’s get it filled up.
Okay, looks like it’s going to be a morning with the computer screen trying to decipher Canada-Australia at the worlds. And then a chat with Allison and a player or two and a story long before you get to see the game on tape-delay on TV.
Here’s the thing: It could very well get ugly. The Opals are good, very, very, very good and having come off a pre-tournament win over the States, they look in fine form.
So don’t go in with great expectations, Canada’s two big games are Belarus and China and they come tomorrow and Saturday.