I just watched this documentary and it’s awesome. For any basketball fan, this is a MUST SEE (if you haven’t already seen it).
Growing up in Portland, OR, I’ve been watching basketball since I was 6…rather I’ve been watching the Blazers since I was 6. I never had a chance to appreciate college basketball until much later in life, and part of me feels like I missed out on the older era (Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rivalry and of course I wasn’t even born in the Dr.J era…). For me, what stands out in my childhood is Jordan’s prime, the domination of Shaq, and of course Clyde the Glide. Seeing this documentary helps me understand a lot more about the history of modern basketball and how far it’s come.
Drazen Petrovic and Vladie (Divac), helped usher in the best overseas players. I got to see the rise of HS phenoms (Kemp, Kobe, Garnett, McGrady…yes, I know I’m missing Moses Malone, but I only got to see the very tail end of that career), and also the introduction of the “one-year” rule. And now there’s the coming (and going too soon) of Yao Ming, (ill) memories of Ha Seung Jin, the game or two of Tabuse, and of course, Linsanity.
The game continues to evolve and grow world-wide, which as a fan and recreational player I’m really happy for. Basketball, like most sports, is truly a global language. Pluck 10 guys from anywhere in the world, put them on a basketball court and give them a basketball. Without speaking a single word to one another, you’ll see the global language of basketball spoken fluently and beautifully. Can’t wait to see where the next 20 years of basketball will take us.