The dominant NBA center is a species seemingly on the verge of extinction, and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says the remaining big guys in the League are “bored to death.”
Today’s paint patrollers are largely relegated to the bench, and asked to watch the action, according to Pop.
"Big guys are, like, bored to death," says Gregg Popovich, describing life for tall people in the NBA's small-ball era. Saturday, the Spurs welcome Anthony Davis — aka a dose of human No-Doz https://t.co/xFFAtGFtBJ
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The NBA’s first true star was George Mikan. Its first scoring sensation was Wilt Chamberlain. The league’s first signature move was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook.
Many of those players wouldn’t recognize the downsized game popularized today.
“Big guys are like bored to death,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They just sit on the bench and watch.”