HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Whenever March Madness hits, friends and acquaintances that consider themselves aficionados of the college game love to tell me about how much more fundamentally sound college hoops is compared to the NBA.
“They work so much harder on the basics,” I always hear. “In the NBA they just isolate the best player and let him go to work.”
This, of course, couldn’t be any more ridiculous than thinking a 20-hour-per-week practice limit is enough time to for college programs to properly mold players into the sort of ready-for-the-pros prospects people assume they should be.
The fact is, there is three times as much fundamental skill work and player development that goes on in the NBA ranks, mostly because there is no limit to how much time a player is allowed to improve his game.
That’s why this little gem from the Hornets, featuring lead assistant and my main man Mike Malone, will be used in my next debate: