That's a stupid thread title. I've said it before anyone else can.
I was thinking about some players on the bus home from work today. I was thinking, if Bobby Hurley was never in that car crash would we rank him above Nash right now? Bobby Hurley was after all i nan uptempo Sacramento system that could have let him develop into a Nash type of player.
Here's some youtube footage of Hurley killing the Fab 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdXmRDevSgs
He was largely compared to John Stockton, but a lot flashier, and with a lot more speed. (not on the same level defensively)
It got me thinking about the other young Duke point guards
that have injured themselves, and probably ruined their careers.
-Bobby Hurley, had a great rookie season, then was injured in a car crash, never to be the same player again. Hurley was better than Hill while at Duke. Amazing player.
-Jay Williams messed himself up after his rookie season in a motorbike accident.
-Shaun Livingston (committed to play at Duke) wasted his knee this season, and will probably never play again.
The Celtics and their small forwards
-Len Bias drug overdose
-Reggie Lewis heart attack
-Larry Bird retirement because of chronic back pain.
-Paul Pierce stabbing
Courtesy of Psileas:
Add the curse of the Blazers' centers (draft picks):
-LaRue Martin (probably the worst No1 draft pick ever)
-Arvidas Sabonis (needed to reach 31-32 and have a dozen of operations to play in the NBA)
-Bill Walton (great player, few healthy years)
-Sam Bowie (over MJ...)
-Mychal Thompson (good player, but he was chosen over Larry Bird...)
I hope this doesn't spot Greg Oden's career, as well.
Are these coincidences?