1990 was an aspiring time to be a 6′ basketball player

I was in college in 1990, and the group of guys I hung out with all loved basketball.  We played ever day, and we watched both college and NBA hoops.  Michael Jordan was a young player who’d not yet won a ring, Magic Johnson was still leading the Lakers to NBA Finals, and everyone I knew played basketball.  But it was especially a great time to be a 6′ guard, I think.  The 3-pointer was fairly new at the college level, and teams were utilizing it but not relying on it, so the game was still a mixture of speed and shooting; because the shot was new, there weren’t a stable of 7’ers who could shoot 3-pointers – most of the long-range shooters were guards.  So it was kind of the hey-day for 6’ers.  Additionally, the college game had a plethora of “little” (i.e. not 6’5″) guards leading their teams: Kenny Anderson, Chris Jackson and (my favorite) Bobby Hurley to name a few.  This was inspiring, and I think created some enthusiasm for us average guys who watched college ball…  I like the game a lot less now – it is a *lot* more stationary, where players sit in spots and wait for a 3-point shot.  I was a fan of the run-and-gun where the 3-pointer was used as a Plan B – much more exciting to watch and play. 

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1990 was an aspiring time to be a 6′ basketball player

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