Originally Posted by Knicksfever2010
just me, but watching old footage of those guys, they looked very robotic, mechanical and slow (set shots etc..)
if those NBA players played even a college basketball team of today (duke)... who would win? Just me but I would think just based on the athletic ability of the young players today would beat the nba players of the 1940's and 1950's etc..
Bear in mind that the "tape" or "film" the games were filmed on at the time can degrade over time, making things look slower than they actually were.
Manu Ginobili shoots set shots. So did Magic.
It's really a fruitless discussion. Players from today can't magically transport back in time taking with them all the benefits of playing today. If they were playing back in the day, they wouldn't be the athletes they are today.
And if the players from the 50s were playing today, they would be better athletes due to the training advantages today.