The NBA draft is tomorrow evening, and ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Chad Ford run their mock draft in this entertaining piece. Simmons trashes Yi Jianlian, the 7 foot Chinese small forward, provoking this response from Ford:
Chad: Has there ever been an international player you did like, Bill? You’re the Lou Dobbs of NBA sportswriters. I’m waiting for your new book “War on American Hoops.”
Too bad they can’t build a wall around every NBA arena.
Bill: I’m very xenophobic when it comes to the NBA draft — too many foreign guys have bombed miserably, everyone underestimates the cultural adjustment. For every Nowitzki, there’s been four Darkos. For every Tony Parker, there’s been four Beno Udrihs. We overrate the younger foreigners, even though they’re playing against crappy competition, and we underrate the older foreigners (like Oberto, Hermann, Garbajosa and others), even though they’re tough and know how to play the game. I don’t get it. What a screwed-up league.
Which is why we stick to supporting H-1B basketball visas. For the most skilled.
But anyway, how interesting to see Dobbs emerge as a cultural point of reference. Not since Father Coughlin (who was really foul prone)…
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