Originally Posted by Osh Kosh Bosh The ability to play a sport will =/= the ability to understand and explicate the mechanics behind the sport.
It's the same reason why the best players don't make the best coaches, the same reason that Hakeem isn't the best player development coach.
I'll give you an example, ask Steph Curry or other great shooters what makes a great 3 point shooters, they will say go "straight up straight down," feet square to the basket"
Must be good advice coming from Steph Curry right?
Steph doesn't square/sholders his feet to the basket, and he doesn't go straight up straight, basically ZERO great shooters do. THeir body is usually at a 45 degree angle, and they DON'T go straight up adn down they actually jump sweep ther feet forward, sway there shoulders back and turn as they shoot.
Steph Curry the greatest shooter in the world doesn't even know how his OWN jumpshot works, but somehow I'm supposed to assume his opinion is superior to my own? Nah.
I'm not saying there experience is worthless but it isn't an automatic trump card.
this is every thing wrong with the modern no work experience college kid thinking hes hot **** because he can quote a few vocabulary words from a textbook and answer a few written test questions without ever doing anything practical.
knowledge without action is useless.
you know damn well you wouldnt even be talking this nonsense if it wasnt about kobe.
i would hope you have played basketball at any level at some point in your life before to understand this example:
if two players from two opposing teams get matched up with you each time you play said teams, and you struggle every time you face player A but feel like being matched up with player B is not that bad. are you really going to have any respect for the nerd in the 5th row who tells you after the game "but actually player B is a harder matchup" because of some spreadsheets?
the best way to understand the effectiveness of anything in life is to look at what is being effected.
If you're a teacher it doesnt matter if you have mastered every textbook student engagement method there is, if the kids learn more from some guy with no formal training then he is the better teacher.
If you're a boxer going on ESPN sport science and having some one who has never been hit before tell you that his computer says you have the most powerful punches in the world doesnt mean anything if your opponents know its the other guy who does more damage.
If you're Eminem I could personally write an essay on how the complex rhyme schemes and lyricism of MMLP2 make it the best album in the past few years. But it doesnt mean anything when the people who listen to the music find a bunch of other albums more enjoyable.
mechanics are great, I spend way too much of my time breaking things down and figuring out why things work like they do. but its all about the end result, if your peers feel like you are the best player of your generation that is all that matters.
I mean, how arrogant, insecure and snobby does one have to be to sit behind a computer having accomplished nothing of importance in life and boast about knowing more about shooting a jumpshot than steph curry, the greatest shooter in the history of basketball?
Go do something with your life, maybe if you actually accomplish something rather than just knowing about the mechanics you wont feel the need to type these nonsense quotes to boost your ego.