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Basketball should have divisions (like Boxing), but based on height

Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by jp-30, Dec 12, 2006.

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  1. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Never in the history of sport has a playing field been so dominated by freaks and statistical outliers. While short people can still make a reasonable go of professional careers in football, baseball, non-jumping athletics, in basketball if you're of 'average' height or below there is absolutely no realistic way you can make a pro career out of the game.

    To fix this I propose different height divisions, with the basket height set a certain height above the cutoff height for that division.

    Like boxing's super heavyweight division, the open division full of giants would be the most coveted / watched, but at least there could be leagues for 5'9"ers.

    There you go. I have spoken. [face_mischief]



    (Next on my list of height discrimination in sport - horse jockeys)
     
  2. RealMadrid

    RealMadrid Jedi Youngling star 3

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    [link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqlaN31OzDs]Nate Robinson, 5'9", blocks Yao Ming, 7'6"[/link]
     
  3. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    Earl Boykins?

    Nate Robinson?


    ok I'm out... :p


    well at least out of current players.
     
  4. Baron-Soontir-Fel

    Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight star 5

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    Heh, that is pretty creative. But there are niches for guys around 6' (if you get shorter than that, then you could apply that to almost any other sport - have you seen how tall American football players are?).
     
  5. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Earl Boykins?

    Nate Robinson?


    Mugsy Bogues?
     
  6. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    I was going for current players... but hell... as long as we're going old school.


    Spud Webb?
     
  7. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I think the original point is valid to a point though - it is much harder to make it in the NBA at 5'9" (or shorter) than it is if you're 7'6".

    Even so, I wouldn't want to see divisions like that. The game is based on certain strategies that would be lost in such divisions.
     
  8. Baron-Soontir-Fel

    Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight star 5

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    It's hard to play any professional sport at 5'-9".
     
  9. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    It's hard to play any professional sport at 5'-9".

    Well, most. For some sports it doesnt really matter, but for most you're right.

    But even so, I would say its exponentially harder for such a person in the NBA as opposed to other sports.
     
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