What you describe bears no resemblance to the American game as told by its insiders. Teamwork was an aspect of basketball waaaaay back when. "Teamwork" now is getting the ball to the scorer.
Look at how the panel were talking yesterday on Around the Horn. Getting Wade and LeBron on the same team. All but one were all for it, even though those two players would eat up almost all of your cap space. And what about the rest of the team under the salary cap? It didn't matter, because with two superstars all you need to worry about is feeding them. There is no "team". It's an individual sport.
And those basketball teams that focus on "team"? They're the ones tanking their seasons to get more balls in the draft lottery in hopes of getting the first overall draft picks so, hopefully, they can discard the "team" concept and win once and a while.
Watch college basketball.
Basketball is a sport where if you master a single aspect of it, then you can make the pros. You just have to be brokenly good at it. Whether it's shooting, rebounding, driving or defending, it doesn't matter as long as you've got one aspect of the game mastered. College basketball is different. Most of the players there will never go pro, and each team has a distinct style of offense, unlike the NBA where the "get the ball to LeBron" tactic and dribble-drive penetration is a lot more prevalent.
And yeah, there probably are some playground ballers that can outplay some pros, but to say that it happens to the point of consistency is just ignorant.
Well, we're dropping the basketball subject. It is not making any friends.
If you want to continue this pointless argument, take it to PM.
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[Edited by moderator Neo7, 1/27/2010 6:19:40 PM]
[Edited by Jesus, 1/1/16 6:19:40 PM]