Black Sports : THE NEXT JORDAN

Discussion in 'Black Sports' started by oceolo, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. oceolo

    oceolo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    WHY does the NBA continue to promote certain players as "THE AIR APPARENT" to Michael Jordan? First it was Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill who were both undone by injuries,then it was Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter the former has fallen out of public favor and the latter has proven not to be a part of the upper echelon of NBA players. Lebron James is the latest player the NBA would love to take over Jordan's former position of hardwood dominance,but since he has failed to make the playoffs for the second year in the row in his brief career the NBA might start looking for the next young player to emerge from high school or college.

    I don't think it is fair to compare a young inexperienced player like Lebron to Jordan and expect him to live up to the same lofty standards.

    Jordan is my favorite player of alltime,but the NBA's inability to let go of the Jordan era is similar to a widower who lets the memory of his wife prevent him from having healthy romantic relationships with other women.
     
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    They're praying that one of these guys will be the next Jordan, because Jordan was so good for the league. The quality of the players is going down, so as long as they keep saying "So and so is the next Jordan" people will keep believing it and tuning in. They know good and well Lebron, Kobe, Vince and all the others have no chance at being as good as Jordan was. First of all, they don't have a high enough basketball IQ. They don't know and feel the game the way past players did. None of the guys will ever be the next Jordan, Magic, Bird, Wilt or any other great players until they stop thinking about how many shots they're getting, how much they're getting paid and all that other superficial, selfishness.
     
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    Froggy1 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    It's sort of a curse cause most of the guys you mentioned were cursed arter they were labeled that. You can't force one person to be another person. Lebron still got a chance though!
     
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    Lebron, he's good, but if they compare him to anyone, it should be Oscar Robertson. A more all around player, because that's what Lebron is. I can see Lebron averaging a triple double in a few years. But to compare Kobe, Vince and Penny to Jordan is rediculous, because Jordan was unstoppable. These guys are anything but.
     
  5. BLKWriter

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    You forgot about Harold Minor and Jerry Stackhouse.

    The point is actually to devalue the acheivements of these young men as if to always measure them to the unattainable stature of Jordan who is a white idol ON THE COURT. Off the court Jordan is a sell out..... The greats were Kareem abdul Jabbar, Oscar Roberton and Bill Rusell who stood up for their race on and off the court, Jordan let hundred of kids get shot for his tennis shoes and he never said a word. in a word **** HIM and anyone that wants to be like him,,,, Kobe, Vince and Lebron
     
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    The NBA's primary concern is marketing. Michael Jordan in addition to being an unbelievable talent, was a marketing powerhouse. Indeed during his career he literally made the NBA billions of dollars! Everywhere Jordan went, he sold out NBA arenas...his Jerseys flew off the racks...TV rates soared whenever the Bulls played. Since Jordan retired interest in the NBA has significantly decreased, and the league is desperate for someone to fill the marketing void. As a result any player with skills and a bright smile is annointed as the next Jordan. It is unfair to the players because there is only one Jordan. If this players were allowed to just be themselves, their game, and the NBA would ultimately profit.
     
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    Who's Harold Miner and how was Stackhouse compared to Jordan
     
  8. oceolo

    oceolo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Harold Miner is a former NBA player who was given the nickname of "Baby Jordan" because of his Jordanesque dunking ability which he displayed when he won the 1993 Slam Dunk Contest he also won in 1995.

    Jerry Stackhouse briefly was compared to Jordan when he first joined the NBA
    in no small part because they both are University of North Carolina alums
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Miner was never close to being like Jordan, I don't think he even averaged in double digit scoring for 1 season. Those who gave him that nickname were being extremely generous! Stackhouse never compared to MJ either, but at least he was a decent player.
     
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    .......................Because we allow these fools to run the show. I guarantee you that if we started our own basketball league, something like this would not even be necessary.

    CD
     
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