Machiavillain wrote:You know, I gave Kobe a lot of flack throughout the years for his overrated defense and propensity to ball hog, but nobody could ever in their right minds question the man's command of the fundamentals. He's had 30-35 ppg seasons shooting above .550 TS% while being triple teamed every game. You don't do that without having an enormous basketball IQ. He's truly a legend of the game regardless of what side you're on.
Fair enough in retrospect but I do get your points. It's possible to have a great mid-range game, analytics don't really tell the story of MJ's mid-range game when you're watching him go at it in-game. But it did create a generation of chuckers, Kobe being the most successful. Dion Waiters being an unsuccessful example.
The way AAU will get the hint is through getting a good touch up at the Olympics again. Even bomb out of a medal or something crazy and they'll have to review the entire program.
Without a firm footing of fundamentals most Australian's would never have made the NBA. Delly - fundamentally sound. In a bigger more athletic body he would make a really good starting PG. Another example is Bogut - he has good hands for a big man and can even bring the ball up court. He is a playmaker at his position and an anchor on the other end. He is grounded in fundamental basketball and for our 'premium' program, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).. bit by bit we've been getting there.
At one stage our greatest Olympic highlight was a young PG Shane Heal (who ended up playing for the Wolves/Spurs eventually) chest bumped Charles Barkley and talked smack to him all game. It made headlines and there was excitement about basketball over here. Ultimately that excitement and fan interest turned into Bogut going 1st. The next gen is now Simmons.
TL/DR - I agree with your assessment. But still think Kobe's a dick (MJ generation.. sorry, can't help it).