Saturday , May , 31 , 2008 Christopher Sells

Attention All Big Men

Attention All Big Men

This is a special feature by guest blogger Christopher Sells.

I have mad respect for guys like Sam Perkins, Detlef Schrempf, even Manute Bol. At the time that they played, they were basically a novelty. Then Toni Kukoc came along and kind of revamped what those guys did. Since then, things have definitely gone too far.

I’m calling for all big men to remain inside the three-point line. Effective immediately.

Somewhere in the last decade or so, it became cool and popular for big guys to play like guards. As a result, there are too many big bodies roaming around on the perimeter when they should be pounding in the paint. We’re at the point that we’ve stared calling them classic centers, where we were all ecstatic when we saw Greg Oden playing like an actual center.

No more. We will no longer get excited when a big guy does what a big guy is supposed to do. It’s time when held guys to a different standard. If they think it’s OK to be a guard, they’ll keep acting like guards. So it starts with me and you. Then we have to start making the coaches feel the heat. If we can get to them, then maybe it will be viewed as unacceptable for your starting center to go 0-6 from three while shooting no free throws and turning in a 2-12 performance overall.

I’m sure I’m overreacting to Rasheed Wallace’s performance last night, but until we sort out who deserves the freedom to shoot the long ball, everyone get their privileges revoked. If you’re 6’10” and over, get to the paint and start working on your game. You have all summer. Make it happen.