07-02-2012, 09:15 PM
Trust me, I know that intelligence and academic achievement do not go hand in hand - I am a professional educator. This is why I said that he was "lazy and academically challenged" and not "stupid". There was nothing even remotely stupid about this kid.
Originally Posted by milladrive
For the record, if you meet hardcore basketball fans, you will find out that the intellect involved with defensive/offensive systems and strategy can be every bit as detailed and nuanced as baseball strategy. A lot of that gets lost in the post-Jordan, hip-hop lovin', disposable pop culture image of the game that has both been driven to a certain degree by the league trying hard to promote its stars to young people AND placed upon the league by some by many fans ignorant of the game itself.
By the way, the NBA has BY FAR the second largest sabermetric following, after baseball, of course. Much stronger than the much more popular NFL. This is some evidence that basketball is a thinking man's sport. OR at least it lends itself to it. In fact, that is one reason why baseball does so much better on the radio than basketball. Everybody listening can understand a ball being hit or a ball being caught or a pitch being called a strike. But when you get into 1-2-2 zones and match-up switches and pick-and roll defense, etc., it can be too detailed and nuanced for a radio audience.
Last edited by Matthew C.; 07-02-2012 at 09:19 PM.