Stop Going To North Korea

Here’s a Dennis Rodman quote from today

If LeBron was playing in the late ’80s and early ’90s, he would be just an average player

I’m not a LeBron fan by any means, but you can’t deny the fact that we are watching an all-time great player right now. Last night’s performance of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists was pretty special. Look at his career stats– wow.

But here’s my biggest problem with Rodman’s quote. Put LeBron in the 1990’s and tell me this- who is going to guard him?

He’s 6’8″, 250 pounds, but moves quickly enough to guard anyone on the floor. Jordan was a fantastic defender, but do you think Jordan could handle LeBron in the post? Could Larry Bird stay with him on the wing? Better question, could Rodman? I don’t think so and that is the problem with comparing eras. Players today are much bigger and faster than they were 20 years ago. That may or may not be due to chemical enhancements, but whatever the reason the 1990 NBA All-Stars would have their hands full with their 2013 counterparts.

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  • blmeanie  On June 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Average is the key word that exposes Rodman for what it is, talk to stay relevant.

    Special is special. Kind of like saying Bird or Magic wouldn’t be as good in today’s world.

    I’ll say this though, take the current Heat roster and plunk it down in the mid 80’s against the Celtics and Lakers or the 90’s with Detroit and the Bulls and they get beat up…they’d win some games but I’d take those really deep teams from long ago all day long.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Depth would definitely be a problem for the current Heat. But Wade weighs as much as Parrish did.

      This is what makes sports fun.

  • blmeanie  On June 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    ok,

    from 1986ish:

    Magic, Michael, Larry, Charles, and Patrick

    vs.

    Today’s:

    Lebron, Kevin D, Chris Paul, Kobe, and Dwight (?)

    is it a good matchup?

    btw – thanks for the kind words on the dominating play by the Bruins, glad the beating of the Rangers hasn’t kept you from complimenting a great team on a roll right now…

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      You’re welcome?

      Why would I compliment them on anything when they don’t play for New York?

  • blmeanie  On June 9, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Ha, even though I’m not one of these people, there are people that would cheer for the team that beat them to continue and win one for the division/conference. 🙂

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      My usual process is for the sport to be dead to me for the round immediately following my team’s exit. I don’t watch a minute of it until the “sting” wears off. That’s probably why I hadn’t seen a minute of hockey for two weeks until I watched part of double OT last night.

      Did I ever mention that a lot of my family is from Chicago?

  • blmeanie  On June 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Boooooo

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