dukebasketballneverstops:

Christian Laettner, like most Duke fans, didn’t take the loss today very well.

However, I’m not sure how to feel about this last comment: "This type of crap didn’t happen from ‘89-‘92!!" I mean, he’s right—he made the Final Four all four years he was at Duke. But… how many teams do you see doing that these days? A team’s lucky to even make the Final Four two years in a row, let alone four!

College basketball is nowhere near the same game that it was back in the late 80s and early 90s. (Of course, I’m only speaking from what I’ve read and watched from back then, considering I was born in ‘92.) The style of play is different, the level of play is different, the amount of time players are staying at their schools is different, and even these college kids’ athleticism is different.

So I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to compare this year’s Duke team—no matter how imperfect they were, and no matter how poorly they played today—to the Duke teams that included Christian Laettner.

They’re just too different, in two completely different eras of college basketball.

iseeyourface-ineverycrowd asked:

do you see Parker staying another year after what happened today? I mean he cant be happy with his "legacy" being losing to Mercer if he enters the draft, and in my opinion he has room for improvement...but what do you think?

dukebasketballneverstops:

Despite his comments about the loss affecting his decision, about how his career at Duke is “incomplete,” I still feel, deep down, that he’ll choose to leave for the NBA. It’s easy to say those kinds of things when emotions are running high and you’re extremely disappointed. (See: Kyrie Irving saying that he didn’t want to take his Duke jersey off after their loss to Arizona in the tournament.)

I mean, I hope I’m wrong, truly! I want him to stay another year so badly. But, still, when I’m being 100% honest with myself, I don’t see him in a Duke uniform next season.

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