Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/27/13
In a lot of ways, it is completely unnecessary and unfair to compare college basketball to the NBA. As similar as the two sports may be, there are enough differences between the two that you might as well compare apples to oranges. For these reasons, it is far more common for a person to love college basketball and hate the NBA than it is for a person to love the NFL and hate college football. For one thing, players in the NBA are so much bigger, stronger, and faster that it’s almost like comparing JV and Varsity. Additionally, the longer NBA 3-point line creates more space for the professionals and makes it much more difficult to guard individuals one on one. And the shot clocks are different, the jump ball rules are different, and even the traveling rules are different. The most important difference, however, is that the college game is actually far more physical OFF the ball than the NBA game. David Stern and the NBA higher ups want the their wonderful athletes to play fluidly and beautifully.
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