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Old 01-31-2020, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by RickJay View Post
Russell is just long ago, that's all. He is prior to the memory of most basketball fans today, so he is an abstract concept to many.

The age of the average NBA fan is, depending on what source you believe, between early 40s and 50. Magic, Michael, Bird, Hakeem, LeBron, Shaq, Kobe, all exist within the living memory of those guys. Russell doesn't.

This is a fairly common thing in sports; hell, even in baseball, which keeps its history alive and present more than any other sport.
You're probably right on the money here.

I guess it's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that there is an entire generation of fans who never saw Jordan play much less Magic and Bird. The "new" guys are all they know. Hell, I would bet money that most fans under the age of 25 have never even seen a quality low post move pulled off in real time.

Thank god for YouTube I suppose.