Duke can't develop players for the NBA. It's strange, though, that...
larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2:31 p.m.
Yep.......the obvious difference is the alien Battier carries the luggage for Lebron......the best player in the NBA right now. Carolina greats always had others carrying their luggage. No true difference makers coming out of Durham........except maybe one kid who barely played their!! That still cracks me up!!
The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2:34 p.m.
Irving reminds me a lot of Allen Iverson. A shoot first point guard who will score a lot of points but never be able to lead a team to the championship.
larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2:39 p.m.
What's so funny about the new age NBA player is that there are no true champions! Look at Miami.......the players had to conspire to build a team just to win it all. Classic example of a paper champion.
Jordan, Magic, Bird. they had teams built around their greatness! I'm not impressed at all with Miami and their championships. Their winning in a all time extremely weak NBA!
The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2:43 p.m.
Very similar to the Yankees. They cannot evaluate talent in order to draft players so they go out and buy them.
903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2:51 p.m.
Not true. You have to be able to evaluate talent to make good decisions about which free agents you sign. The Heat have Pat Riley who is the master at evaluating talent from the same free agent pool the rest of the NBA has access to...
kato_karma3.2 Dec 27, 2:53 p.m.
...and to top it off, it took a former Tar Heel on the associated NBA coaching staff to help the get those.
The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2:56 p.m.
cannot evaluate talent in order to draft players
My point was about evaluating talent to draft and develop a team as opposed to buying established talent.
larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2:58 p.m.
McAdoo did a helluva job! Battier did his part too......carrying those heavy bags is a lot of work!
903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2:59 p.m.
what difference does it make whether you build thru the draft or build thru free agency? the ring is the same either way after you win the championship. And the Heat's roster is not entirely composed of "bought established talent"... Some talent evaluation was required to put the pieces around Lebron in order to put together a team able to win it all, not once but twice...
The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 3:05 p.m.
The result is the same but the process and the skills involved are much different. Drafting and developing talent requires a lot more patience and long term planning that simply throwing around enough money to lure the best players to your team. ANd let's be serious here. A team consisting of LeBron James, Chris Bosch, and Dewayne Wade could win if the rest of the team consisted of AAU players.
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