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07:37 AM ET 01.23 | In the event LeBron James had been forced to play college basketball after coming out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio State would likely have benefitted. The Buckeyes missed on James because rules permitted him to make the immediate jump to the NBA, but now they can't afford to miss on the next transcendent Irish talent, one who must make at least a one-year pit stop at the collegiate level. That talent is V.J. King, who during the Flyin' To The Hoop Basketball Invitational knocked down shots from beyond the arc with ease, drove to the rim for easy buckets inside and posted up to score the hard way. ... Because King is perhaps the biggest star to play basketball at James' old school since, the inevitable comparisons have already started. Well, they started before King's freshman year, the time in which Ohio State, the in-state powerhouse, had already offered him a scholarship.

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January 23, 2014  08:49 AM ET

He can dunk. So what.
He can drive to the rim. So what.
He can knock down shots from beyond the arc. Ok now I'm getting interested.

Can he hand check?
Can he jump stop?
Can he play tough physical ball?
Can he REALLY post up?
Can he play defense?
Can he play anything other than one-on-one basketball?
.. because AAU ain't teaching these things.

January 23, 2014  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

.. because AAU ain't teaching these things.

This is what I've been thinking for a while and it is in the form of the playgrounds/street ball moving to the AAU. It looks to me like all we've done is move street ball into semi permanent teams and put them into a formalized/organized system and play them indoors all over the country.

The skills learned on the playgrounds/streets are the same as those learned in AAU IMHO.

January 23, 2014  09:02 AM ET

Just another Buckeye like Lebron no big deal...........

January 23, 2014  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just another Buckeye like Lebron no big deal...........

Yep, and Thad Motta will do the absolute least possible with him on the roster.....no big deal

January 23, 2014  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is what I've been thinking for a while and it is in the form of the playgrounds/street ball moving to the AAU. It looks to me like all we've done is move street ball into semi permanent teams and put them into a formalized/organized system and play them indoors all over the country.The skills learned on the playgrounds/streets are the same as those learned in AAU IMHO.

Yep.

"Showtime" was a marketing success on the west coast, and the NBA followed suit with their "fast break" branding. It's been downhill ever since and the overall game is just not that competitive anymore. Watching isolation one-on-one plays or watching LeBron take 5 steps holding the ball while steamrolling someone is not what I care to see. That's playground ball.

The rules have been changed to greatly favor scoring. Flagrant fouls called for solid defense in the paint mean you can't defend your territory anymore, ticky-tack fouls called for fundamental hand checking, etc ... the NBA has become a joke. It's a one-on-one game focused on a few stars that the NBA uses to sell their brand.

The NBA markets great athletes like Dwight Howard who have horrible fundamentals, who weren't taught fundamentals thanks in part to AAU. He can block shots low in the paint and he can dunk but he has horrible fundamentals and is useless anywhere else on the court. In a few years when his physical skills start to erode and he can't dunk so easily he won't have any fundamentals to fall back on.

January 23, 2014  10:03 AM ET

If he knows what he's doing he'll go to Duke.

January 23, 2014  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LeBron take 5 steps holding the ball while steamrolling someone is not what I care to see. That's playground ball.

He would get called out for that on the play ground :)

January 23, 2014  02:23 PM ET

I have been waiting for the next LeBron. Bout time he showed up in scarlett n gray.

GO BUCKS

January 23, 2014  02:41 PM ET

The next LeBron is....LeBron?

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January 23, 2014  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The 90's called to remind you that Duke relevancy no longer exists

The 90's? Really? I guess you must've slept through 2010.

January 23, 2014  05:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just another Buckeye like Lebron no big deal...........

almost as little a deal as hillbillies....except there are just so, so many of them

 
January 24, 2014  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The 90's? Really? I guess you must've slept through 2010.

Lol

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