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  1. #1401
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    Interestingly enough, of the best pro sports league in every sport (ie NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, etc), the NBA is the second most "international" after the Premier League for soccer (https://www.economist.com/internatio...asingly-fierce). "International" is defined by nationalities represented rather than number of players who aren't American. If we go by the second definition, I'd assume MLB is likely the second most international after the Premier League (or any soccer league).
    Watching the game globalize has been one of the most fun aspects of basketball fandom the last 30 years. I remember watching Shane Battier play in the Goodwill Games in Australia in the early 00s and it was just a blast. The game would have been much less joyful without guys like Yao, Dikembe, Giannis, Manu, Luka, Parker, Dirk...a lot of the "one name" stars. The U.S. Olympics loss in 2004 was probably one of the best things to happen to the sport. Created a whole generation of kids around the world who loved the game, gave the U.S. true international rivals, and gave us Coach K for 3 Olympics cycles in arguably the best basketball "story" of the last 20 years. The international leagues are also giving guys (many w/o college degrees!) an opportunity for a robust professional playing career.

    Just all good, good stuff.

  2. #1402
    Zion Williamson became the fourth player since the ABA-NBA merger to record 25 points in four straight games and shoot at least 55 percent from the field in each one, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

    He is averaging 29.0 PPG on 60.3% shooting in that span

    He joins Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Jay Vincent.

    https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/st...05863066771456

  3. #1403
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Washington, D.C.

    Hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by CamrnCrz1974 View Post
    Zion Williamson became the fourth player since the ABA-NBA merger to record 25 points in four straight games and shoot at least 55 percent from the field in each one, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

    He is averaging 29.0 PPG on 60.3% shooting in that span

    He joins Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Jay Vincent.

    https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/st...05863066771456
    Which of those names is not like the other?

    I think Zion will have a better career than Jay Vincent.

  4. #1404
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    MKE
    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    Interestingly enough, of the best pro sports league in every sport (ie NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, etc), the NBA is the second most "international" after the Premier League for soccer (https://www.economist.com/internatio...asingly-fierce). "International" is defined by nationalities represented rather than number of players who aren't American. If we go by the second definition, I'd assume MLB is likely the second most international after the Premier League (or any soccer league).
    They are either not including the NHL (only about 1/4 American) or counting Canadians as Americans.

  5. #1405
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
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    Boston, MA

    On to happier basketball posts...

    ...Tatum continues to crush it. Last night, he had 36 points on 14-22 shooting, including an insane 8-12 from 3. Also had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. Plus/minus of +22, the highest on the team.

    In the last 3 games, Tatum has scored 105 points off 34-63 shots, including 16-29 from 3.
    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill

    President of the "Nolan Smith Should Have His Jersey in The Rafters" Club

  6. #1406
    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    ...Tatum continues to crush it. Last night, he had 36 points on 14-22 shooting, including an insane 8-12 from 3. Also had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. Plus/minus of +22, the highest on the team.

    In the last 3 games, Tatum has scored 105 points off 34-63 shots, including 16-29 from 3.
    How Jayson Tatum Changed His Game And Became A Star
    FiveThirtyEight

    Last year, Tatum was often criticized for indulging in too many of the gameís worst shots: long twos. He came into this season vowing to get better looks, and he has indeed shifted his shot distribution in a far more desirable direction. Only 8.8 percent of his shot profile is comprised of attempts between 16 and 23 feet from the basket, down from 16.9 percent a year ago. Overall, he is taking a far greater share of his shots from three and inside the paint, and far fewer from the midrange area.
    Ö
    As impressive as heís been offensively, Tatum has probably been even better on defense this season. He currently ranks third in the entire NBA in ESPN.comís Defensive Real Plus-Minus and is a legitimate candidate for a spot on the All-Defensive first team.


    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...became-a-star/

  7. #1407
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    Which of those names is not like the other?

    I think Zion will have a better career than Jay Vincent.
    Only player in league history to play nine seasons, where his highest scoring average and number of points was season number one?
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  8. #1408
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    Mar 2009
    Location
    Seattle
    https://twitter.com/GraysonJAllen/st...091960834?s=20

    Grayson is the best basketball player ever...

    at Call of Duty.

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