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I'd love to break this thread up, and give people like Johnny Mac his own, but I'm not sure how to do it without losing context. Anyway, here's a fascinating video - I had no idea Connors and McEnroe were considering a coach-player relationship, even if briefly.
Don: You have referenced the Capital Classic several times. I never attended one of those games. I have a Reference to those players, though. (Had to research this to get the year). In 1990 I was at a Bullets game that must have been played the day before or after The Capital Classic. At halftime I was on the concourse level when approaching me was a “gaggle” of incredibly tall, remarkably skinny young men. They were the players from the Capital Classic that year. As tall as they were there was one guy who was an astonishing head and shoulders taller than the next tallest players. A “freaky” tall giant among giants. It was Shawn Bradley, at 7’6”, one of the tallest people in the world and one of the 5 or 6 tallest players in NBA history. Freaky tall; stunning. I’ve spent a fair amount of time with a family friend who is 6’7” or 6-8. He is my brother’s life long friend and someone I’ve known since I was about 7 or 8. Shawn Bradley simply dwarfed the players who were 6-7, 6-8, 6-10 or so. Freaky giant in scope. Probably ordered twice the number of beers I’d normally purchase at the concession stand. 😏 Closest I ever got to the Capital Classic
It's ironic that Martin Niemöller died in 1984. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
If you like NBA scorers, Dirk Notwitzki is and has been one of the best. He is currently 6th in all time scoring and only the 6th player to score over 30,000 points. Rarified air. He is also a horse. He is currently ranked 11th in all times games and 8th all time in minutes. He is still active. He has played a lot and scored a lot. He is a scorer, he shoots a lot and hits a lot, currently 11th in total field goals, 9th in attempts, 14th in total 3 pt shots, 13th in attempts and 7th in foul shots made. Completely a high production horse. Currently in his 19th season all for one team, The Dallas Mavericks. He is their all time star of stars. He is still effective. The other night in his 19th season he contributed to a Mavs victory at the Wizards scoring 20 points in 32 minutes. including some devastating 3 pointers. In his freaking 19th year!! Nowitzki has high value offensive attributes. He is the prototype "stretch 4" or big man that can shoot effectively from the outside. If he didn't invent the position he clearly defined it. He isn't just big, he is 7 feet tall. His outside shot is both deadly and unblockable. Put a tall guy on him, he can still shoot the fadeaway over the tall guy, or invariably drive by him. Put a shorter guy on him and the shot never gets blocked. Nowitzki has one of the games all time iconic shots. Interestingly Nowitzki's career virtually completely overlaps with that of Tim Duncan. Two guys with long careers for a single team, and coincidentally they played in the same state (Texas) in the same division, and matched up frequently: 57 times in regular season, 33 games in the playoffs. Personal statistics against one another pretty similar and characteristic of their strengths. Duncan has a big edge in regular season wins; its much closer in the playoffs. It is one of the league's all time rivalries if somewhat understated. Nowitzki has also been a winner, if not to the same degree as Duncan, still remarkably successful. During his time in Dallas the team had 11 consecutive seasons with 50 wins or more. 11 consecutive seasons. Phenomenal. Other teams have similar or even better streaks (Duncan's Spurs) and yet teams such as the Wizards haven't won 50 or more games since 1979. Nowitzki gave his team sustained excellence, including one NBA championship, two times in the finals, and endless times in the playoffs. Nowitzki is a scorer and a winner. During his "reign" Dallas never had another super star; accompanying good to excellent players but no superstars who played with Nowitzki at their primes. He carried the team. He essentially made Dallas "unmatchable". How do you cover a 7 foot guy who shoots from the outside and the far outside? You can't. Its been the defining element of the Dallas Mavs offense for most of the last 19 years. Quite a streak. Here are a paltry 4 minutes of some of his best and game winning plays: