Mike D’Antoni deserves credit for revolutionizing the NBA
Many of the inventors of famous products aren’t the ones that ultimately make money off their breakthrough idea. In sports, coaches that introduce innovations don’t ultimately win titles with them, either.
Much like Don Corryell with his innovations in the NFL passing game with the Chargers, or Chip Kelly with the no huddle offense at Oregon, Mike D’Antoni is the godfather of the modern NBA run up tempo, three-point heavy style. D’Antoni has taken heat for not winning in the playoffs, and like Corryell and Kelly, he’s probably not going to win a title with his groundbreaking idea. But he still deserves credit for how his system has influenced the entire NBA.
College basketball players are still the biggest targets for game-fixing
The Supreme Court’s landmark decision opening the gates for sports gambling, and many are speculating on the potential negative impact it could have on sports. Metta World Peace shared a story about a time he was offered $35,000 to fix a game at St. John’s that illustrates the potential danger.
Colin agrees with the Supreme Court ruling, but sees the Metta World Peace scenario of a broke college player being enticed to fix a game as far more likely than a pro risking their career to swing a line. It’s hardly a new concept, and won’t happen any more frequently because of the court decision.
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