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(Journal Times)   6'11" Larry Sanders, with "a condor-like 7-foot-5¾ wing span", is enjoying this mystery sport called Basketball   (journaltimes.com) divider line 29
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2012-12-16 12:38:58 PM
Hey Now!

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2012-12-16 01:15:51 PM
It couldn't have been easy. In his first game as a sophomore, Sanders scored - into the wrong basket - to start the second half. "I didn't know they switched baskets," Sanders said. "My IQ for the game was very low. They had to teach me everything."


Hilarious.
 
2012-12-16 03:59:05 PM
but does that wingspan make his ass look big?
 
2012-12-16 06:24:56 PM

Uptown Hipster Doofus: Hey Now!

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Came for this, leaving in a confused, slightly perturbed manner...
 
2012-12-16 06:36:32 PM
I watched that game where he had a triple-double. If he keeps improving his game, he could be a really, really good player. Not a first-team All-NBA player, but a Tyson Chandler kind of guy who could anchor the defense for a championship contender.
 
2012-12-16 07:05:41 PM
C'mon, basketball is a real sport. Unlike this so-called "hockey" people keep pretending is a major sport. Grown men skating around on ice and wacking a little sausage patty with a stick. Right.

And where might one see this so-called "game"? On TV? Oh wait, there's a "lockout"? How convenient.
 
2012-12-16 07:10:36 PM
duchovny.net

Interesting in hearing more about this player
 
2012-12-16 07:20:17 PM
i'm not a bball fan and never understood the love for blocked shots since i never saw a shot blocker who could direct the blocked ball to his teammates. you block the ball. so what. the odds are about the same for the other team's guy would have made the shot or that team would have gotten the ball back off your block. i think a guy who could hold his quick hands over his head to protect passing lanes and in your face the entire game would be more valuable.
 
2012-12-16 07:33:48 PM

starlost: i'm not a bball fan and never understood the love for blocked shots since i never saw a shot blocker who could direct the blocked ball to his teammates. you block the ball. so what. the odds are about the same for the other team's guy would have made the shot or that team would have gotten the ball back off your block. i think a guy who could hold his quick hands over his head to protect passing lanes and in your face the entire game would be more valuable.


The guy you want to have seen is Bill Russell. Too bad he retired many, many moons ago.

That said, the blocked shot has a distinct psychological advantage that comes along with it: it makes quite a number of shooters gunshy about coming back into the lane, and that alone can be worth, over the course of the game, the return of one possession.
 
2012-12-16 07:37:10 PM
What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?
 
2012-12-16 07:53:22 PM

COMALite J: What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?


There are racial and sex differences in wingspan. People of West African descent, in general, tend to have wingspans that are a couple of inches longer than their height.

DaVinci's drawings were of a European male.
 
2012-12-16 07:57:24 PM
There's a Farker here from Racine?
 
2012-12-16 07:58:12 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: COMALite J: What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?

There are racial and sex differences in wingspan. People of West African descent, in general, tend to have wingspans that are a couple of inches longer than their height.

DaVinci's drawings were of a European male.


That's still not necessarily true. I'm a white male that has a wingspan that's four inches longer than my height. It happens.
 
2012-12-16 08:35:05 PM

COMALite J: What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?



farking statistics, how do they work?
 
2012-12-16 09:09:04 PM
Oh, you believe cartoons are real when DaVinci draws 'em.

/also have a wingspan 4" longer than my height
//pretty sure most people's arms are longer than their height
 
2012-12-16 09:11:38 PM

feanorn: That said, the blocked shot has a distinct psychological advantage that comes along with it: it makes quite a number of shooters gunshy about coming back into the lane, and that alone can be worth, over the course of the game, the return of one possession.


THIS
 
2012-12-16 09:26:03 PM
I'm six-one, with a six-four wingspan. It happens.

starlost: i'm not a bball fan and never understood the love for blocked shots since i never saw a shot blocker who could direct the blocked ball to his teammates. you block the ball. so what. the odds are about the same for the other team's guy would have made the shot or that team would have gotten the ball back off your block. i think a guy who could hold his quick hands over his head to protect passing lanes and in your face the entire game would be more valuable.


Bill Russell would like a word with you. Also, the value of a shot blocker isn't just in the shots they block. A shot blocker can also force a shooter to alter his shot, i.e. shoot it at a much higher angle then they were intending to. Obviously, you don't shoot as high a percentage when you're adjusting your shot on the fly. More importantly, they also can prevent shots entirely, by being in the right position to force someone in the lane to kick it out to the perimeter. If a cutter pulls up for a mid-range jumper rather than attacking the rim because there's a shot blocker patrolling the paint, that shot blocker is doing his job. If someone's tall enough to be a shot blocker, they're probably also getting a lot of rebounds, too, which is really valuable.
 
2012-12-16 10:24:34 PM

gtfan92: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: COMALite J: What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?

There are racial and sex differences in wingspan. People of West African descent, in general, tend to have wingspans that are a couple of inches longer than their height.

DaVinci's drawings were of a European male.

That's still not necessarily true. I'm a white male that has a wingspan that's four inches longer than my height. It happens.


European white male with a wingspan 5" more than height here...
 
2012-12-16 11:02:28 PM
Basketball? Is that anything like Baseketball?
 
2012-12-16 11:50:04 PM

jake_lex: Interesting in hearing more about this player


♫ This is the theme to Larry's show ♫
♫ The opening theme to Larry's show ♫
♫ This is the music that you hear as you watch the credits ♫
♫ I'm almost to the point -- of where I start to whistle ♫
♫ Then we'll watch "It's Larry Sander's Show"! ♫

/*whistles*
//uselessly taking up f*cking brain space I will never recover
///stupid useless memories!
 
2012-12-17 02:06:17 AM
Imagine how big his erect penis is...
 
2012-12-17 02:23:38 AM
I was about to take a giant dump on this guy with a picture of Serge Ibaka until I saw these stats:

RK PLAYER TEAM GP MPG BLK PF BLKPG BLKP48M BLK/PF
1 Serge Ibaka, PF OKC 23 31.0 69 76 3.00 4.64 0.91
Larry Sanders, C MIL 21 23.7 63 79 3.00 6.08 0.80

Dang. Six blocks per 48 minutes? That is a block party. It reminds me of how Ibaka ran off with it last year:

RK PLAYER TEAM GP MPG BLK PF BLKPG BLKP48M BLK/PF
1 Serge Ibaka, PF OKC 66 27.2 241 179 3.65 6.46 1.35
2 Greg Stiemsma, C BOS 55 13.9 85 144 1.55 5.33 0.59
3 JaVale McGee, C DEN/WSH 61 25.2 132 166 2.16 4.13 0.80

But this year Perkins is more out front, so Ibaka can't play off that for swats. And he is swapped for Thabeet, which really wouldn't happen with Nazr Mohammed.

So it looks like Sanders may take Ibaka if he doesn't step up.
 
2012-12-17 03:18:03 AM

Cheesehead_Dave: There's a Farker here from Racine?




Plenty of Racine Farkers! I am, however, a Kenosha Farker, but I tend to read the Racine paper... as the Kenosha News sucks squirrel balls.


/Go Packers!
 
2012-12-17 04:20:18 AM
Damn, I thought the kid from The Big Lebowski was named "Larry Sanders".


Its Larry Sellers. I was ready to make a TBL reference.
 
2012-12-17 08:15:44 AM
Are people really trying to explain the purpose of a blocked shot in basketball? Only on fark.
 
2012-12-17 08:34:54 AM

starlost: i'm not a bball fan and never understood the love for blocked shots since i never saw a shot blocker who could direct the blocked ball to his teammates. you block the ball. so what. the odds are about the same for the other team's guy would have made the shot or that team would have gotten the ball back off your block. i think a guy who could hold his quick hands over his head to protect passing lanes and in your face the entire game would be more valuable.


Wat.

The thing with blocked shots is.....especially at this level.....players are generally skilled enough to know that a shot they are taking is likely get blocked, and hence will be forced to pass it away, just pull it back down if they haven't left the ground yet, or alter the shot's trajectory. For every shot that gets blocked there's probably 5-10 shots that didn't get taken, or get altered because of said tall beast. This is, as you might guess, a huge advantage for the team with said guy. Making people scared and hesitant to shoot around you is a huge deal in basketball. Now, probably one reason for this guys success so far is that players aren't accustomed to him being such an enforcer, and haven't been game-planning around him, and aren't respecting his size enough. But that's changing, and with his size and athleticism, there's only so much you can do to negate his influence on a game.
 
2012-12-17 09:06:23 AM
Marfan syndrome?
 
2012-12-17 09:27:42 AM
It must have taken a lot of skill to be that tall.
 
2012-12-17 10:12:59 AM

COMALite J: What is a ‶wingspan" for a human being, anyway? Arms outstretched? But doesn′t that equal height for anyone not deformed, according to DaVinci′s famous drawing? And for it to differ by over ½′, wouldn′t that be a rather severe deformity?


The right kind of deformity isn't necessarily bad for you. Ask Micheal Phelps.
 
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