Sports filter: I have some questions about hand size among basketball players.
One of the more interesting comments that comes up in the Kobe vs MJ debate is that Kobe's hands aren't nearly as big as Michael's. I've heard Phil Jackson say this in interviews more than once, so I'm inclined to believe it's an important point.
So I went to YouTube in search of great players palming the basketball. But I mostly found video of retired players: Dr. J, Darryl Dawkins, Clyde Drexler, Connie Hawkins and MJ. Not very many current players--and definitely not doing the kind of dramatic ball fakes seen from the older players.
Here are some video examples:
MJ - 1
(my favorite--look at Oakley fall over)
Dr. J's famous layup
and just about all his highlights
(especially at 0:58
And Daryl Dawkins
was just a freak.
Is there anyone in the league now that palms the ball like these guys? Rondo has his nifty behind the back ball fake
, but I don't think it's quite the same as Jordan's ball fakes. I don't think LeBron can do it either. Even the big centers in the league don't whip the ball around with one hand the way Dawkins did.
I can't imagine today's players have smaller hands. That sounds absurd. Is the ball tougher to grip now? Are players just being more careful?
And bonus points for a source of hand measurements (not just pictures) for current or retired players. The NBA started collecting hand measurements
during this year's draft combine, which is fascinating, but I can't find similar data for older players. But please don't tell me about the handprints
at the NBA Store, unless you know the actual measurements for those handprints.