Thursday, January 7, 2010

Terence Moore has a thinking problem over NBA "knuckleheads"

It's official. The NBA is going to heck in a hand basket. Or at least it was before David Stern suspended Gilbert Arenas. That's basically what Terence Moore is suggesting.
It's so bad that Moore claims "this story is just a couple of more chapters shy of rocking the suddenly flimsy foundation of the NBA." He claims that is NBA is full of "knuckleheads" who are just about to drag the NBA down.
And here Jay Mariotti thinks he has the overreaction-in-sports market cornered.
Yes, there are a few "knuckleheads" in the NBA. But the state of the NBA is a lot better than it was about ten years ago. The post-second Jordan retirement/pre-LeBron James era was pretty ugly for the NBA. Players like Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, and Isiah Rider and the like were causing all sorts of trouble every week. Things got so bad the once-proud NBA All-Star game went from the broadcart TV to cable.
Most of the more recent "knuckleheads" got that start in that era also. The most notorious, Ron Artest, was drafted in 1999. Stephen Jackson (whom Moore mentions briefly) made his NBA debut in 2001, the same year Arenas was drafted.
Javaris Crittenton, the other player in the Arenas incident, is the only post LeBron James-era "knucklehead" Moore can come up with by name. If the NBA's in so shoddy of a shape then he should have been able to name at least one. The reality is that the NBA players of more recent years have kept their nose a little cleaner than their late-nineties counterparts.
If anything the era of the NBA "knucklehead" is at an end, or close to it. And the NBA made it through the storm. Terence Moore was obviously too busy to notice.

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