I’m all for progress and evolution, but this talk about a European explosion in the N.B.A. and that Europe has supplanted the United States as the hotbed of pro basketball is specious at best and devious in its darkest inferences.
The European influence may be on the rise but not because players in the United States can’t hit an outside shot. There seems to be a taste for a new flavor. This season, sportswriters heralded the success of the Mavericks and Kings as models of the rise of European basketball.Fifteen of the 17 foreign-born players drafted on Wednesday are from Europe.
All of a sudden critics say that young, elite players in the United States — the majority of whom are black — can’t hit the outside shot. Suddenly our kids are not fundamentally sound.