Why must analysts and pundits keep repeating the same bs that playing in the Eastern Conference makes a player less worthy of postseason honors?
Yeah, I'm bringing this up because on NBA Fastbreak, George Karl and Stephen A. Smith both had our O'Neal as a center on the NBA First Team over the other O'Neal.
However, Smith went into his usual rant of how playing in the Eastern Conference makes what players accomplish not so great. Playing in a conference doesn't make any bit of difference as to how good or bad a player is. Hard work, talent, teammates, coaching, THOSE are the factors that lead to a player being great.
JO obviously has a tremendous work ethic. We've seen it both on and off the court as he's been here in Indianapolis. He also has a ton of natural talent when it comes to the game of basketball as he's now one of the top players in the league.
His teammates support him on the court, ie Tinsley getting him the ball, Ron taking the pressure of him scoring wise, and defensively, Jeff battling the other big men inside and getting all those loose rebounds. He's obviously been coached as well.
I'm just so sick of hearing this same crap over and over and over again. Playing in the West doesn't make a player better, and playing in the East doesn't make a player worse. Even saying this is stupid.
Once again, if we were in the Western Conference we wouldn't have had the best record in the NBA. ed: