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‘You barely made it in the NBA’
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‘You barely made it in the NBA’

Certain NBA players are known to be delusional, and former NBA guard Austin Rivers is certainly one of them. In a wild rant this week on “The Pat McAfee Show,” in which the son of NBA coach Doc Rivers clearly lost his mind, Rivers tried to insult the skill, toughness and athleticism it takes to play in the NFL.

“We gotta get you out of that football field, man,” Rivers said. “Where the guaranteed contracts are. Where the best athletes in the world are. That’s us.”

“I can take 30 players now and throw them in the NFL. You can’t take 30 NFL players to the NBA,” he continued. “That’s because you get a break after every match. All you have to do is catch the ball and run north and south. It’s not complicated.”

‘You barely made it in the NBA’
Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward could have played in the NFL, but chose to play in the NBA after the Knicks drafted him in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft.

It’s good to see that Rivers shares the same delusion that many NBA players probably do, because the deals some of these players get turn their brains to mush and egos to balloons. Any NBA player who claims he can play football would be considered lying until he took at least a few hits from Aaron Donald, right?

There were many objections to this idea in sports talk and on social media. Former NFL player James Jones said:

“Austin Rivers, if you stepped on the football field, you wouldn’t make it. We know that now because you barely made it in the NBA.”

Videos of infamous NBA bully Draymond Green getting completely locked up during his brief stint as a receiver at Michigan State surfaced as proof that Rivers is wrong.

JJ Watt got a little personal and later walked back his answer to keep the peace.

Ever heard of Charlie Ward?

The only example of an athlete who actually chose one league over the other, with a legitimate chance to actually play in both leagues, was Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward. Ironically, Ward was considered undersized by NFL scouts (according to old systemic stats) at 6-foot-4 and his dual-threat abilities were looked down upon and his obvious intellectual capacity was ignored at the time, despite his obvious incredible skills which he displayed with the Seminoles. .

Imagine being short for the NFL but not the NBA?

Ward could have easily signed with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent and would all but be guaranteed to be the No. 1 overall pick if he played today.

Fortunately, he had the opportunity to play in the NBA, and when the New York Knicks made him the 26th overall pick of the 1994 NBA draft, he left his football dream behind. There is one football player who absolutely should have played in the NFL, but settled for an 11-year NBA career.

NBA vs. NFL athletic wars?

Perhaps this will start an NFL vs. NBA war of athletic skills, with the NBA players having to play football against the NFL players and vice versa.

Rivers will find that it is much easier for an NFL player to go out and throw 30 in hoops than it is for a basketball player to perform on a football field and go heads up.

And saying this on a podcast is the safest place in the world to just express your opinion without consequences because you know he’s no match for any of those NFL players.

Furthermore, the NBA is known as a “players league” or a league in which the employees truly wield power and can disrupt the flow of business, despite total white ownership. They are used to controlling stories. LeBron James is one of the few players in the history of modern sports who is worth more money than his owner.

According to a recent survey, the highest quality most followed Instagram models also favor NBA players.

Austin Rivers has Kyrie Flat Earth Syndrome?

So it’s understandable that Rivers, an 11-year veteran who averaged 8.5 points per game throughout his career and who many accuse of only playing in the league because his father is a former player and legendary coach, would spit some of that out. exactly the opposite is true,

Kyrie flat Earth syndrome, NFL style.

Dual-Sport Athletes in the NFL

Now there are a few examples of dual-sport athletes who played both basketball and football but were clearly destined for the NFL.

Antonio Gates (San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers), Mo Alie-Cox (Indianapolis Colts), Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints/Seattle Seahawks/Green Bay Packers/Chicago Bears), Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs/Atlanta Falcons), Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers/Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers), Julius Thomas (Denver Broncos/Jacksonville Jaguars/Miami Dolphins), Darren Fells (Houston Texans).

But no one has left the NBA and become an NFL player. No NFL players have transitioned to pro hoops. At least no one of significance. What we do know is that the only thing most athletes can do is hoop. Many top, world-class athletes had the choice between hooping or football. Bo Jackson proved that football is not a game you can dwell on.