Well-known TV host Stephen A. Smith believes that the NBA, not “Chicago” and Michael Jordan, influenced the modern perception of “Detroit” in the 90s.
“I don’t think it was the bulls that robbed Detroit of a greater legacy, I think the NBA did it. They weren’t interested in the pistons ‘ philosophy of winning at all costs. The League, which wanted to go global, found their style of play unattractive. Dream team at the Barcelona Olympics has been a huge help in globalizing the League’s brand and making it more attractive both in Europe and America.
As a result, the League belittles the greatness of Detroit, which was achieved through five consecutive conference finals and three NBA finals. Those guys were real hardcore, but we don’t talk about them the way we talk about Jordan. We downplay the pistons because the NBA didn’t like what they were seeing back then. I believe that the NBA bears a huge responsibility for the fact that” Detroit ” did not have enough fame all these years. It wasn’t because of Jordan, it was because of the NBA,” Smith said.
Shaquille O’neal: “I would like to talk to Kobe Bryant more often»
The famous center Shaquille O’neal expressed regret at the fact that you didn’t speak more often with NBA legend Kobe Bryant when he was alive.
“We respected each other and were friends. We don’t talk to friends every day, but I would like to talk to him more often, I would like to ask him: “How are you? The Hall of fame induction ceremony is coming up. Are you aware that you are on the list?”, O’neill said.
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California in January.
New York and Chicago show interest in Chris Paul
According to Talkbasket, the new York and Chicago chiefs are interested in acquiring experienced Oklahoma point guard Chris Paul.
As the publication notes, “thunder” will willingly agree to the exchange of Paul, who recalled himself in the 2019/20 season. The 34-year-old has averaged 17.7 points, 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 63 games this season.
Paul has two years left in His contract, for which he should receive $ 41 and $ 44 million.