Originally Posted by DCL
oh, another thing about nelson's open-mindedness.
give him credit for being one of the first guys to look into european players.
he discovered sarunis marcilinoius (sp) and gave him a chance. he also jocked on dirk, who eventually opened the giant floodgate to the rest of the world. before, people only looked at candidates from ncaa tournaments.
nelson was one of the early guys to help open a door to a giant foreign floodgate. most other top nba executives would had never touched it. you don't draft foriegn unknowns by being "rigid" with conventional thinking.
Lets be honest its a great thing that new talent has come into the league but what team has won a title with a euro as its prime player Zero Nellie is what is wrong with the NBa 7 foot players shooting 3's soft centers when will someone get reall smart and go develop talent in Africa and fine the next Hakeem or Mutombo instead of lokking for the next 7 foot Dirk that wants to shoot jumpers all the time.