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The Changing Landscape of the NBA

The Changing Landscape of the NBA

Hyped by on February 5, 2014 Website: gothamcitysportsnews.blogspot.com

The 2014 NBA All-Stars have been officially released to the public and the same questions are being raised as in years past; this player deserved to get invited, this player didn’t deserve it. One thing that people are not noticing is the change in the All-Star process and the NBA game itself. Throughout the history of the NBA the one constant on a championship team outside of an all-world talent was a dominant big man. Teams were built on and around the strength of the man in the middle; intimidating forces that could control the game from their end of the court. Taking a trip down memory lane you will notice the names of some all-time greats. From George Mikan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson and finally to arguably the most dominant man in NBA history in Shaquille O’Neal , the big man has always been a vocal point of championship teams. That group combined for 32 of 66 NBA Championships, justifying the need of a dominant Center. It is also fair to think that if not for the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls, that number would be even higher; Olajuwon could have led his Houston Rockets to more championships or Patrick Ewing would have had a couple more cracks to get his New York Knicks over the hump. Despite this fact, the Center position as we know it is becoming extinct in today’s NBA.

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