(Chuck Nevitt thanks you in advance for not comparing him to any contemporary centers)
Earlier today it was announced that starting this season, fans voting for the respective NBA All-Star teams will no longer select a center, instead being asked to select a top 3 frontcourt players and a pair of guards. Speaking with the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale bemoaned the current paucity of top flight big men.
“They had all kinds of forwards out there,” McHale said. “I think it’s a sad state when you can’t (find) enough centers in our league anymore to fill up the roster. I don’t know if it’s a position-less game. If Moses Malone was playing right now and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish, you’d have centers. I don’t know where they went. They went the way of the dinosaur, I think.
“If you put LeBron James on Moses Malone, everyone would go, ‘What an interesting matchup.’ You do it for a while and LeBron would come over and say, ‘You got to take me off this guy.’ It’s just different. There’s just not a lot of them right now.”