Donnie Nelson On International Players

Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson was one of the pioneers of the internationalization of basketball, as the Mavericks have long been benefited from his ability to find players all over the globe.

↵

But while the prejudices surrounding foreign players have long since disappeared in the NBA, the 2012 draft is a bit of an exception, as there is only one player (Evan Fournier of France) likely to go in the first round.

↵

Over at Grantland, Jordan Conn has a fascinating piece examining why, touching on the huge number of internationals in the 2011 draft, the herd-like mentality of many NBA front offices and even the Yugoslavian Civil War in the early 1990's (which created a dip in the birth rates from 1991-1993, the kids who would be draft eligible in 2012).

↵

However, Nelson may have the best take in the whole piece:

↵
↵

"When the breakup of the Soviet Union happened, we told Arvydas that if he cared anything about the future of basketball in his country, he would go back and f*** every chick he could possibly find. And he better not use the blanks - he better use the 7-foot-4 cartridges. Then in 2010, Lithuania would have all this talent. Obviously, he didn't listen, because I don't see any 7-foot-4 kids out there."

↵
↵

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Dallas

You must be a member of SB Nation Dallas to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Dallas. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Dallas

You must be a member of SB Nation Dallas to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Dallas. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.