We always bring up who the best basketball player was. Most say it’s Micheal Jordan. LeBron James’ recent string of crazy games has folks talking and buzzing about comparing the two for greatest ever.
For me, I have never joined in discussions.
I think that we will never truly find out who the greatest player ever is. Too many factors: They haven’t played each other in prime, different eras, different rules, and more. Like Bill Russel. As great of a Center as he was, he was short and a PF in today’s NBA. I’m sure he could dominate the PF spot no problem but would he be as dominate vs the Centers of today?
Would Ray Allen be able to play in the 50′s and be a great player? There was no 3 point line back then. Everything was a long 2. Sixers would love that kind of court.
My biggest beef is the playing against each other. I would have loved to to see MJ play vs LeBron. But we won’t get that. 2K sports tries its best to give us that opportunity to play it out but it’ll never be the same. We’ll never have the answer.
And that’s what makes this debate so wonderful.
We do have stats but even those don’t always work. Stats don’t always translate into what kind of player you are. They are doing better than before with advance stats but still. Seeing the on court product has always been the best judge in my opinion.
The fact that we could go on forever for the best player, team, era, whatever, is what makes this a great debate and what keeps the NBA history alive. As you already know, I named this site after not only the Sixers’ present, but their past too. I love looking into the annals of history and comparing them to today.
Keep the debate alive!
In the midst of the whole Sacramento, Seattle thing some folks hinted at expanding the league. Others say the league is too big. I happen to agree that we have too many teams.
So now what?
What’s the ideal amount of teams? What would the conference and divisions look like? What about playoffs and drafting? I’m going to attempt to give a scenario. It may not be ideal and you may not like it but this is something we can certainly debate.
When the Lakers made the trade for Dwight Howard, they pretty much became a superstar team. They had 4 guys on their team that could possibly make the Hall of Fame: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Pau Gasol. I mean, Kobe and Nash are a lock. Howard may make it. Gasol is a toss up and actually is not going to make it. Still, this starting 5 is loaded with talent.
But injuries were always a concern.
Tell yo kids and tell yo wife! I have returned and I am re-launching this blog to talk about not only the 76ers, but the NBA in general as well. I’m still the editor of The Sixer Sense but I had a recent desire to be able to write about the NBA as a whole. I figure I’d come back here and do that.
The writing style here will be similar to my number one blog DALANEL, which used to be called Dante’s Opinion. Only real difference here is that it will continue to be about sports, with the Sixers being the number one team covered. Also, like DALANEL, and unlike my writing at The Sixers Sense, this blog will be intensely more personal.
So add this to 3 other blogs I’m running and you got something I’ve been claiming to be: A blogger. Follow me fellow NBA fans as we see if the Heat can repeat. Or will the power house Lakers take the crown? Don’t forget the Thunder. Which team will win the Atlantic Division? It’s gonna be fun to find out, I’m sure.
I have some news. I’ve been named editor of the blog site The Sixer Sense. It’s a great honor. Sean O’Connor had to step down. I just want to use this post to say a few things.
The title “editor” doesn’t make a huge difference to me. In all honesty, part of me doesn’t want this. I mean, I’m excited about the whole thing. And I’ll be giving it 100%. What I am saying is that I’m not 100% qualified to be an editor yet.
Well I’m a decent writer, but I know I have a lot to improve on. More specifically, we’re talking about sports writing here. A big part of my interest of being the next editor was so that the site wouldn’t shut down. Maybe I should’ve waited to see if another replacement could be found. One thing about me: I’m never in stuff for the fame. I don’t toot my own horn much. Most of the spread of my books were by others telling people. I normally keep quiet. I’m shy at heart but getting better at being a more sociable person.
Yes this is more of a personal post than a Sixers related post. I love to write about the Sixers. I don’t need a special title to describe me. Some people live to be the editor. I never really had that drive. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. I always wonder why me? No really this goes back to high school. Back then, I was in the boy scouts. I became patrol leader for 2 straight terms. Not because I wanted to, but because no one else really was able to step in. I took over just so the troop could keep functioning. And yet, I did a great job. Oh and I was also the troop librarian and quartermaster at the same time as the patrol leader thing too. I know how to multitask.
Or like the time my church was having their annual Christmas Cantata. They were looking for volunteers and I said “wherever I’m needed”. Next thing I know, they put me as the lighting director! I’m always put in spots where I’m not actively searching for it; it just comes. And yet I always excel in what I do.
But I’m here. The opportunity is here to grow as a writer. As a blogger. But do I deserve it? Was I truly qualified? Maybe I’m not giving myself enough credit. Maybe I’m right. I don’t need to be recognized as an editor. I’m a Sixers blogger. I’m a blogger. I could be a staff writer, editor, or just a once in a while contributor. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll bring my “A” game for sure. I intend on becoming one heck of a blogger.
I’m thankful for my past blogging experiences. They’ve helped me get to where I am today. I’m thankful for the people I’ve blogged with. They’ve helped me just by writing in their own way. I look at the way they write and see how I can improve. So thank you bloggers for being you. Not to be too religious but I thank God as well. He turned a horrible speller into an author, freelance writer, and editor in less than two years. Thank you to those who have supported my blogs and my writing habits.
Because I’m the editor of The Sixer Sense, I need to put all of my Sixers material there. So, this site will go into mini-shutdown mode until my time at The Sixer Sense comes to an end. Not to say I want it to end but anything can happen. I don’t plan on leaving the blog just because. It’ll have to be a big conflict of interest. So check me out there. Follow me on Twitter @DanteWrites. And I’m looking forward to another Sixers off-season. Thanks for reading.
There were some links that didn’t work before that should work now. Also, I may have some news in the future that may or may not mean I will be blogging here anymore. We’ll see. The Sixers’ season is over but I’m anticipating moves this summer that will shake things up. Tune here and/or The Sixer Sense for all things Sixers! And thanks for reading. Also, follow me on Twitter @DanteWrites.
This has to be the most exciting season in Sixers’ history since 2000-2001 and the heart stopping trip to the finals. Look, the Sixers are facing elimination. Game 5 vs the Celtics was terrible, at least in the second half. But, you have to admit, it’s been a very…interesting season.
Remember that 20-9 start? Spencer Hawes? Remember that? That was crazy. I wasn’t completely sold on the success the team was having and I expected a small collapse. But before the collapse, we enjoyed being one of the best blow-out-the-team teams. We were matching historic records for largest margin of victory to start a season. It was a happy time.
Andre Iguodala was finally selected to the All-Star team. Finally. I mean really…finally. Maybe 2-3 years overdue. And he did not disappoint. He had his usual sick dunks and even played defense! And Evan Turner was impressive during the Rookie-Sophomore game or whatever the heck they call it now. If there was one negative thing about the great Sixers start was that we still didn’t know how well Sixers played in close games. Remember, they blew out everybody.
But we soon found out just where the Sixers were in ending close games.