Fun game so far – Magic by 4 – make that 3 with Lewis’ toe on the line – with 1:06 to play at the time of writing.
Both teams just hitting shots, making passes, and filling up the basket in every way imaginable.
Coming off a conversation with my esteemed coblogger the other night – is there such a thing as an ideal basketball player? For instance, for the frisbee players out there, if I could clone 7 copies of ca. 2003 Mike Grant (top player on Furious George), I would put that team up against any other team you put together. Grant was about 6’2″, lightning-quick, massive ups, with excellent throws, and hucks, from both the forehand and backhand side. He was as close as you can come, as far as I’m concerned, to the ideal Ultimate player. Sure, he would probably get roasted by your occasional squirrely handler type, but I maintain that his speed and length would cause enough turns, and there’s no way you could shut down the “Mike Grant-swings-to-Mike Grant-hucks-to-Mike Grant deep” game. I maintain that team would be unbeatable.
It’s harder to know if you could do the same thing in basketball. Who brings the ball up court on a team of 2001 Shaqs? Would a Shaq just run rampant through a team of Kobes or LeBrons?
Watching the series, I might just put up a team of 5 “Good Lamar Odoms” against any other team you could put together. That dude is amazing. I don’t know if it’s the fact that he’s fueled by Twizzlers or what, but that guy is some wacky combo of creepy length, quick hands, 3-point range, and smart post play. I think 5 of him would be very tough to stop. Sure, Odom can’t stop classic Shaq 1-on-1, but the double is effective, and if you have a team of lanky Odoms to close out on the 3-point shooters, that’s pretty hard to beat!
It’s a shame he doesn’t seem able to do it on a nightly basis, but he definitely seems to have the physical skillset to be one of the top NBA talents…