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Old 04-23-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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With the exception of Kobe and Lebron, the NBA is more about team play without individual stars. I'm watching these playoffs, and I have noticed that makority of these tams don't have go to guys. This wasn't the case in the 90s and early 2000s. Each team had a stellar individual who over took games. To put it in Layman's terms, there are no more ball hogs.


I find this to be boring.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Hard to measure but also realize the Kobe's and Lebron's teams are two of the most heavily favored to win.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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Thunder Up!
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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With the exception of Kobe and Lebron, the NBA is more about team play without individual stars. I'm watching these playoffs, and I have noticed that makority of these tams don't have go to guys. This wasn't the case in the 90s and early 2000s. Each team had a stellar individual who over took games. To put it in Layman's terms, there are no more ball hogs.


I find this to be boring.
I think your memory might not be jiving with reality. There were some strong teams from that era that played pretty balanced ball. The Knicks spring to mind as do the Pacers and Utah just to name a couple.

Then there were a few teams that had beasts like the Bulls, Houston....but in general I don't think things are all that different today.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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With the exception of Kobe and Lebron, the NBA is more about team play without individual stars. I'm watching these playoffs, and I have noticed that makority of these tams don't have go to guys. This wasn't the case in the 90s and early 2000s. Each team had a stellar individual who over took games. To put it in Layman's terms, there are no more ball hogs.

I find this to be boring.
It sounds more like the legacy of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson coming full flower to me. That definitely isn't a bad thing.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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It seemed more so to me also, but I'm not sure if that is reality or not. It seems like most teams have a big star on their team nowadays, so if big stars on either team perform just about the same, the team that has someone else step up, maybe in the way of 3's or rebounding or something else, is going to win. Kobe is a big star, but he has some really good help, and Lebron is only in it now because he is with Miami. Put Kobe on some other teams and he'd be barely making the playoffs each year. It seems like in the 90's and early 2000's that it mattered more who your big star was, b/c they were the only one that was really going to influence the outcome. I guess someone could go back and look at some box scores for playoff games in the 90's and compare them to today if they really wanted to.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:29 PM
 
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With the exception of Kobe and Lebron, the NBA is more about team play without individual stars. I'm watching these playoffs, and I have noticed that makority of these tams don't have go to guys. This wasn't the case in the 90s and early 2000s. Each team had a stellar individual who over took games. To put it in Layman's terms, there are no more ball hogs.


I find this to be boring.
lol wut?
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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You call yourself knowledgeiskey--now go get some knowledge. If you do a little research (maybe even look at some old videos), you'll see that the NBA hasn't been about team play for at least 30 years, probably closer to 40.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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Could also be the way the media (TBS, ESPN) hype the upcoming games. The stars are featured, promoted, elevated, amplified. It may cause us to put more emphasis on the stars' than on the team.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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You call yourself knowledgeiskey--now go get some knowledge. If you do a little research (maybe even look at some old videos), you'll see that the NBA hasn't been about team play for at least 30 years, probably closer to 40.
Honest question, how many NBA games do you watch a year? In the last 10 years?
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