Most basketball fans from European countries with a strong basketball tradition follow their leagues and the European league ahead of the NBA. I am writing this article to invite British fan to have a look at European basketball games.
Yesterday in the first game of Europe NBA Live in Spain, Memphis Grizzlies lost to Unicaja Malaga (from the Spanish league ACB, widely considered the second best after the NBA) The other game in recent years that confronted and NBA and ACB teams was won by Barcelona against the Sixers last year.
European players (in this I include South-Americans, since most of them play since their teens in Europe) are every year leaving the top European leagues to go to the NBA. This was first a matter of pride to their countries of origin. But now it is becoming a problem and it is only the recognition and fabricated aura of invincibility that make the players wanting to go to the NBA.
Despite the great lost of talent that European clubs are suffering; in recent times it has been shown that the level of competition in the NBA is not better than that in the European competitions and are now more often than not losing games against European competition.
I like to give a few points, so you can comment on them:
1. Why did Jasikevicius failed where lesser players like Tony Parker, Leandrinho Barbosa and Calderon succeeded? NBA prefers the uni-dimensional player that can do one thing well, that talented players than know the game inside out. A bad thing for J.C. Navarro, I guess.
2. It is outrageous that great European players that we all know are great are not considered great by US and UK basketball fans until they prove themselves in the NBA. This is despite been Olympic or World Champions. It is like me saying that AI or Wade are mediocre due to their very unflattering games against top European teams.
3. Most people could predict at least 12 of the 16 play-off teams in the NBA. When playoff comes you find unsurprisingly that most teams do not know how to compete, and funny enough many of those that now are either loaded with Europeans (Spurs, Jazz, Cavs) or the Pistons (who actually play the most European style in the NBA) 82 games regular season kills the show since the games are not nearly as hardly fought as in Europe were almost every game is vital to both teams.
Thats all please comment if you will on the article