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Old 08-28-2015, 02:03 AM   #1
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I'm taking a Senior Seminar to finally finish up my history degree. In it I have to write a paper on a topic of my choice that is original work. Basically like a mini-thesis (18-30 pages) that proves I can be a real life historian and contribute in some manner to the field.

I have long wanted to do historical research in basketball, and this is a great opportunity to do so. I am having a hard time coming up with a topic at this juncture that I can explore in enough depth. So in order to help I would like to ask ISH:

What parts of basketball history interest you? What are some blind spots that you wish there was more information on. or something to be expanded on? Anything would be pretty helpful
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:16 AM   #2
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Just copy and paste some of the Lazzerus Wilt essays
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:17 AM   #3
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Just copy and paste some of the Lazzerus Wilt essays

This.

There are tons of material on here.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:19 AM   #5
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Just copy and paste some of the Lazzerus Wilt essays

Lol, was gonna post this. Do a Jordan vs. Wilt comparison, plagiarize 3ball & Laz's posts, you'll end up with roughly a 50 page paper
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:22 AM   #6
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For real though...

Comparing eras is actually a pretty in depth topic you could write about. Talking about how athleticism has changed and how the game has developed can make for an interesting paper.

Not even trolling but consider writing a paper on how guys like Wilt would play in today's game, and vice versa. There's a reason why people get into such long debates over this on here.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:24 AM   #7
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This shit right here about Lebron's game is enough to fill in half of that 30 page....

http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=384848
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:27 AM   #8
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Another huge one on Wilt....

http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=333290
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:19 AM   #9
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You could do a paper on how American sports, as a general, has changed. If you want to stick to basketball then that's all good. But, well... It's for history, I mean, athleticism is good and all. But if you wanted to talk about how the big American sports were strictly "white only", then I think that would be a good subject. There's a lot of information out there for it.

Could put within stuff like, by the time the NBA was being dominated by the African-American ethnicity, you had people like Larry Bird coming in as "the great white hope" or whatever he was being called. Because he was a buzz, and there was a buzz. A white man who plays just as good, if not better than everyone else. Etc.

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Old 08-28-2015, 03:30 AM   #10
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you could prove if positive/negative correlations exist or do not exist between two variables with statistical analysis. lets say how does the presence/absence of the alpha gene affects winning/losing. these are quantitative variables.
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you could prove if positive/negative correlations exist or do not exist between two variables with statistical analysis. lets say how does the presence/absence of the alpha gene affects winning/losing. these are quantitative variables.

Thought for a moment there you were going to mention the presence/absence of Shaq.
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We're trying to make it easy on him and plus he can find his future paper in one of these threads.

3ball and Lazarus is a guarantee paper.

Now if OP wants to write a paper on the Wizard of Oz....Pauk has an essay on the cowardly lion.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:53 AM   #13
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We're trying to make it easy on him and plus he can find his future paper in one of these threads.

3ball and Lazarus is a guarantee paper.

Now if OP wants to write a paper on the Wizard of Oz....Pauk has an essay on the cowardly lion.
i wonder if he has to submit his paper through dropbox, or in person.

If he can do it online, he could even use 3ball gifs
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:10 AM   #14
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i wonder if he has to submit his paper through dropbox, or in person.

If he can do it online, he could even use 3ball gifs


I forgot that.

GIFs take up pages too.
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