Clifford Ray isn't so sure about all this.
Ray watched the Olympic gold medal game in August. He watched as a Spanish team without Ricky Rubio gave the U.S. men a scare, and he has a theory about why the Spaniards didn't end up handing the Americans a silver and keeping gold for themselves.
"I knew that whenever they went to the Olympics and they went to the Olympics without a center (it was a mistake)," Ray said. "But they went up and played against Spain, and had (Marc) Gasol not gotten in foul trouble, we might not have gotten so many smiles."
Ray, who's currently a coach with the Sacramento Kings, has worked with big men for years, from Robert Parrish to DeMarcus Cousins. He has some strong views on the position and the league's evolution away from it, and when the All-Star starters were announced Thursday, I couldn't help but think back to the hulking, graying coach who I met a few months ago.
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