Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Look for USA victory at hoop World Championships
In an increasing number of quarters it has become conventional wisdom that the rest of the world has caught up with the United States in basketball. In my view that’s nonsense, but given the dismal 6th place showing at the 2002 World Championships and the debacle at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, one can understand why folks would consider the international playing court to now be level. I attribute those poor showings to a combination of weak and/or poorly constructed squads, mediocre coaching and insufficient preparation time. None of those factors will be present in 2006 and 2008.

I’d predict a landslide, but the rules of FIBA — particularly the chipshot trey — tend to minimize the difference between teams rather than reveal it.

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At 3:46 PM, Blogger laura said...

as for the 2004 bronze medal finish, i blame larry brown for that fiasco. coaching genius my ass. if the team wins, he's brilliant. if they lose, it's not his fault they don't have the players he wants. and his best move? benching lebron james for long periods to "teach him a lesson". i hope he never gets another job in the nba.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Dennis Hans said...

I'm with you. Brown was in way over his head. That job required big-picture strategic thinking, not an obsession with picky details. He does have SOME good qualities as a coach, but in many ways he's an outright moron, and he's way too stuck in his ways. For one example of his stubborn streak and feeble-mindedness -- and the harm it does to his team in evenly-matched playoff series -- see my Brown piece in my "Hoop advice for" links, or paste this URL.

http://Hoopshype.com/columns/brown_hans.htm

 
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