Posted by Duke4
It is not my attempt to short change any players of the 50's and 60's but rather to point out the vast differences between the skill level of the players of of the early years versus the players of the most recent generations.
I do not have the talent to compare the relative speed of players from different generations so the only statement that I can make is that Blacks are more than likely superior to Whites when it comes to speed, quickness and agility. I base this on the domination by Blacks in track in the sprint distances, by their domination in football in the speed positions of running backs, wide receivor and defensive backs. I've already noted their superiority in the speed positions in basketball. The shooting skill differences between generations speak for themselves. That leaves the ballhandling issue as a point of contention. There are not any stats for ballhandling skills so you have to review game films to get a handle on this one. But Jerry West believes that it is the singular biggest difference between the old timers and the modern players. But until you get to see those 4 60's game that you have, any comments that I make would not have much meaning to you. Equally inportant Duke is the fact that blacks have continued to improve over the generations. There are for example, some sports where the skill level can actually be measured. Sports such as figure skating and diving have reached degrees of difficulty to the point where in the 60's they were not even on the drawing board. And so it is with basketball. Players of the late 60's were more athletic and skilled then those of the early 50's and this upwood spiral continues to this day. Sure the super stars that you mentioned were head and shoulders above most of the players that they competed against. But time marches on and 44 years have gone by since the 1966-67 season was put into the book and much has changed since then. In any event I believe that you will be quite surprised when you get to view those game films and get to see just how lacking, guys like the Jones boys, Havlicek, Greer, and many others, were when it came to handing the ball. It seems that they were not aware of the fact that they had a non shooting hand.