Friday , Oct , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant: FC Barcelona could play in NBA

"In the NBA, teams that do that are few and far in between, teams that play together as a unit. You see a lot of isolation game; you see a lot of guys going one-on-one. They do a great job moving the ball, they do a great job helping each other defensively, so I disagree, but, what do I know?"
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s the NBA’s best player. He’s a student of the game. And he knows international ball since his father was a European professional.

But what does Kobe Bryant know?

Jokes aside, FC Barcelona – or any ‘Euro’ club playing 82 games in the NBA – would struggle with style.

The NBA is an isolation heavy league. One-on-one; man on man. Coaches and players look to exploit individual mismatches because players are so physically gifted.

Europe is a system-heavy league. Instead of individual play, the emphasis is on five man units outplaying other five man units.

Of course, this is why American players, who rely on individual skill, often struggle in Europe.

Still, because of their collective play and work ethic, the best European club could probably get through an NBA season.

–Oly Sandor.

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