February 21, 2012

A good sign of things to come in the NBA?

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

The following quote is exactly the reason why the NBA needs to adopt the NHL’s idea of having a fantasy draft for the players involved in the all-star. It comes from John Wall, last year’s rookie of the year runner-up who was selected 11th overall in the rookie-sophomore draft.

“It’s a joke to me. If they think there are 11 guys better than me, then that’s their decision. But I know what I think in my mind and all I can do is go out there and play basketball the way I know how to play.”

No hockey player would ever step out and say something like that. They don’t really care where they’re taken and even if they’re upset, they’d probably just make a joke about it.

Not basketball players, they take slights like this personally and now I can’t wait to see Wall try to prove everyone wrong during the rookie-sophomore game. There already is a minimal amount of defence played in that ‘showcase’ anyway, but I can see Wall trying to show up everybody – including current sensation and No. 3 pick in the game’s fantasy draft, Jeremy Lin.

One can only hope that having the fantasy draft, conducted by Shaq and Charles Barkley on Thursday, for this game is just a test to see if it would work for the actual all-star game. If it is a test, I will say right now that it’s going to pass with flying colours.

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