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of feet and be rewarded for an additional point. That is the modern mindset of basketball players, and I catch myself taking a tough three over an easy two for no apparent reason. Players, these days, are too talented. Back in the 70 s Oscar Robertson was by far the most athletically gifted player, but today his talent would almost go unnoticed. The NBA players now are on constant training regimens that are creating the most physically impressive athletes in the world. These athletes are constantly in season, but they are spending more time with their strength/conditioning coaches than their head coaches. Each player is an impressive physical specimen, and today players can jump higher and run faster than ever. This should create an ethereal flow to the game, because with all of

the talent the game reasonably would be faster and more spectacular than ever before. Contrary to this assumption, last season the NBA had the lowest scoring average per game in many years. Coaches know that talent only gets you in the door, and the rest is complete dedication to the mental aspects of the game. Rick Pitino was an excellent college coach at Kentucky; here he benefited from his player s superior talents. Now as the coach for the Boston Celtics his team consists of ex-Kentucky stars, but the results are opposite. His players lack elementary fundamentals such as teamwork, running a set offense, and the concept of team defense. Even with consistently losing seasons, players are not getting the picture. Michael Jordan was by leaps and bounds the most talented player on

the floor. He, unlike his peers, chose to benefit from fundamentals and this allowed him to be the most dominant player of all time. Michael found the easiest way for himself to score, his unstoppable fade-away, and then focused his efforts on another aspect of the game. Coaches know that the lack of fundamentals are detrimental to the game, but no young, brash superstar wants to take time to learn the game when his talents alone will allow him to drive the most luxurious Lexus now. My junior year of high school my team played one of the perennial powerhouses, Elsik. We lost the game by a large amount of points, but what was most impressive was Rashard Lewis. He was drafted right out high school into the NBA. Considering that we were about the same age, I question how can he be

ready for the NBA? I can barely handle college classes, and he is already started his career. Rashard s skills were impressive, but he was undisciplined like all teenagers are. The league is flooded with his type; he skipped having possibly a historical college career to mold on the bench in the NBA. Rashard was not prepared for this level of competition, or the lifestyle and responsibility that accompany it. He was 18 years old with millions of dollars at his control, and he is expected to understand investing for the future. The league has a problem, and it first became an issue when Kevin Garnett decided he was NBA material. Although he and Kobe Bryant have been successful, they both acknowledge that college is the right option. These two are exceptions, because Jermaine O

neal, Al Harrington, and now Jonathan Bender are experiencing what the NBA is like off of the television. These kids are possibly ready physically, but mentally they are retarded. Every high school player who jumps straight to the NBA has difficulties adjusting to the wild women of different cities, the power of their enormous salary, and the pressure to perform right away. Tim Duncan, as talented as any player to ever play the game, stayed in college four years and is a prime example of the benefits of maturity. He spent his time honing his talents to NBA caliber, and he educated himself about the game and life off of the court. Many of these players who jump to the pro s after little or no college are ignorant. The NBA, these days, has a combined IQ of fifteen, and we wonder

what is wrong. The NBA is in a limbo, and is tripping over it s own clumsy feet. The game will not get better until the players improve their levels of play. But improvement comes with experience, and it is difficult for players to gain experience and confidence when they are only children trying to master a complex game. In conclusion, ESPN s Sportcenter, the lack of basic basketball fundamentals, and the decreasing age of players entering into the league is a recipe for disaster. It is a cycle that is going to be hard to break. Today s kids are presented with options that are too difficult for them to comprehend. So instead of doing it the right way and going through school and listening to their coach, agents are give utter control over these exploited children. However, with