Originally posted by Pillbusta:
if I could play bball or football, I play bball because the contracts are guaranteed and the endorsements are greater. It is a team sport but if you have a LeBron, Jordan or Shaq in his prime you will probably win the chip. One stud makes the world of difference in a 5 on 5 and this is why LeBron and Kobe have so much power today. Now you tell me if you put in D Wade or Michael Westbrook as a WR running a 4.3 with a 45" vertical weighing 220 lbs with impeccable footwork and stamina and I ask you who will contain them? Same for Lebron at TE running a 4.5 weighing 260 and at 6'8" with a 43" vertical and impeccable footwork and stamina and I ask you who defends him? LeBron only plays bball over football because it pays more and it is guaranteed with greater endorsements. Plus he can do it until he is 38yo. NBA athletes are superior but NFL football is superior to watch, BY FAR!!
I don't think that's fair to say. Everyone keeps using TE and WR as examples of a position guys like Kobe and LeBron could excel at. However, realize that football, unlike basketball, is a very specialized skill set specific to the position.
What if you put Lebron at running back? Why not line him up at the 1 or 3 technique on the Dline? How would he fair as an OT or inside LB? While we are at it, what could he do at safety or on the corner?
The fact is, basketball is a tall mans game. If your not tall, your out. But, that doesn't mean you're less than an athlete because you skill set isn't a "tall bean pole." Footballs great, because it takes so many talent players with many different body types. No way Kobe last five minutes in the trenches or lining up in the backfield as a fullback. You really think LeBron at 260lbs stands a chance against a guy like Justin Smith, Ngata or Watt? Dude would get collapsed. So you can't just say, basketball has better athletes.
Edit: Sorry I can't stop. What about some of these kids coming out of the combine running 4.6 or 4.7 weighing over 300lbs? Look at the number Poe put up this year. That is a huge, fast and scary man.
[ Edited by sweetDwilly on Aug 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM ]