Originally posted by I_Saw_a_Fish:
Originally posted by GNielsen:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Basketball has more athletes that could cross over and excel in the NFL. Lebron could play anything in the NFL from TE, OLB, S, FS, CB, QB, WR. He would rule the NFL combine and he would go before Clowney. But why would he choose the NFL when the NBA is more lucrative with greater longevity. Now just what position would any NFL player play in the NBA?? The NBA takes much more size, skill and ability just to play any of the 5 spots on the floor. There is a physocal element to the NFL but once he takes a few hits, LBJ would rule the NFL. I would want him on the 49ers. And there are plenty others in the NBA that could do some of the same things. What could an NFL player do in the NBA? Natural selection bro
The only reason most NFL players couldn't play in the NBA is height. And LeBron James himself stated that he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds. Nobody can "rule the NFL" with a 40 time of 4.6. He wouldn't even crack the Niner first string defense - too slow for any LB position and certainly couldn't run in the secondary. Impossible. He MIGHT be able to cut it as a TE, but Vance McDonald is the same speed, much bigger and much stronger. NFL players are in better shape, they have more discipline, they are lots faster and a lot stronger. The game they play is orders of magnitude more complicated. They are, on the average, much smarter athletes. If you were correct that basketball has more athletes who could play in the NFL, we would have seen that by now because only a small number make the big money. James would, at best, be a decent tight end. He's not fast enough to be one of the best tight ends. The lucrative aspect you keep repeating is irrelevant to the argument. Your argument that the NBA takes more skill and ability to play any of the five spots is arguable. How much skill does it take for a 7 foot tall person to dunk a basketball? I know a 65 year old man who can consistently make over 95 out of 100 free throw shots. I once saw him make 77 in a row. On the other hand, there are probably less than 32 athletes on the entire planet who can play quarterback for an NFL football team effectively at any given time. How many NBA basketball players have the speed, quickness and strength to cover the average #1 receiver on a given NFL offense? How many NBA starters could get open and catch a football with Richard Sherman guarding them? Is there any player in the NBA who could hold his ground with two NFL linemen trying to push him out of a play? Is there any athlete in the NBA who could go sideline to sideline as quickly as Patrick Willis or Navaro Bowman. How many NBA starters could assimilate a typical NFL playbook? How many plays does an NBA player need to prepare for? Come on. They draw up new ones on the floor in the middle of games sometimes. It's not even in the same universe as far as complexity. Basketball is a simple game by comparison. American football is the most complicated, complex and demanding team sport ever invented.
My God GNielsen! Reading your comment really made me fee like by brain had an orgasm. Nicely said.l
Most athletes and coaches I know would disagree with you. I have asked them and they told me that it is much tougher to get into the NBA than it is the NFL and if they had a choice it would be the NBA. Natural selection of money and ability. 15 man roster in the NBA and 5 positions on the floor compared to a 53 man roster in the NFL and a multitude of positions to play. If Lebron wanted to play football he would dominate and Dick Sherman or no one could get up and cover him. He would draw a triple team leaving teammates open if anything. What would Sherman do with that beast on a jump ball? Now I ask you people once more, what position would an NFL player play in the NBA?? PG SG SF PF C? They could not make the team. There is a reason MJ23 was the athlete of the past century when it should have been Ali and that is because there was no NFL player that came close to him. Every NFL player wanted to be like Mike. Mike never, ever, never, ever wanted to be like Jerry, Bo, or Joe! NFL gives me more satisfaction in watching but an NBA player is much more likely to crack an NFL roster and star than it would be for an NFL player to make an NFL roster. Please explain to me if so