Dick Vitale (@DickieV) tweeted today, “More I think about it that 2 nd pick 4 Bobcats would have me sleepless – tough choice – Drummond scares me – has Potential – MKG is winner.”
Normally (as all of you that follow my blog know….and thanks!), this is where I would step in and say that’s easy: pick the player with the biggest detailed vision zone.
But, in light of the big trend in the NBA, I’d say:
NBA teams: Pick your guy by his NBA Nerd glasses!
Again, another day on the elliptical at the “Y” and ESPN did not disappoint. Fashion Friday. (Click here to see the piece)
What we learned:
1) Ubiquitous….gotta love a big word starting out a “Conversation on Eye Glasses”
2) Kevin Durant needs a prescription. Must mean he wears contacts while playing. (Amar’e Stoudemire as well)
3) Eye Glasses are so hot that most guys wear them without prescriptions.
4) Samantha Rubin said it started in the fashion magazines “a couple years ago” but Ric Bucher said he saw it in the NBA guys “4 or 5 years ago”….Seems to me that says Jocks leading the trend instead of the fashion folks.
5) Watches are being toned down as glasses are turned up.
6) Nerd only glasse now….are being accessorized by Bling! Bling! (that’s what I’ve told my optical to stock more!!)
7) Geek Sheek!!
8) Hannah Storm looks great.
Picking a draft choice by how much court he sees at one time (which is a measurable quantity known as his detailed vision zone) is logical. Some players see more of the court than others. This is a measurable trait that athletes exhibit. I describe it, teach athletes/people how to measure it and how to expand it in my book, See To Play.
But, until I get the word out and people understand it (MONEYBALL), it sounds as nutty as picking the better draft choice by the eye glasses he chooses to wear (whether the glasses have a prescription or not).
The problem is for those of you learning about this:
1) Many of the same aged basketball guys who dreamed of playing in the NBA have already been weeded out due to their eyes. They’re not in this conversation. (Kevin Durant made it because he probably addressed his eyes at a younger age.)
2) The more elite the athlete, the larger the detail vision zone.
SEE WIDE FOR CHAMPION SIDE VISION….that’s Chapter 3 in See To Play: The Eyes of Elite AthletesClick here to watch an elite athlete talk about side vision.