The Auburn (California) Journal is today running a Q&A with local Bernhard Peat, an 18-year veteran of German and Swiss professional basketball. Born in Germany, Peat played mostly in his homeland throughout the 1980s and most of the ‘90s; he takes on the old standbys – the remuneration situation, the scheduling, etc. – in recalling his days in the Journal story. However, there’s a real stopper when it comes to reporter Sara Seyydin’s question, “What will you miss … about watching the NBA?”
After comparing the top league’s play to “big time wrestling,” Peat goes on to opine that “It’s not really real basketball in terms of how it should be played. They play a lot of different defenses that aren’t exactly pure basketball. I think European basketball is more pure basketball. It’s more entertainment basketball for the spectators where they can accentuate the players’ athleticism…”
Gee, if the NBA lockout weren’t on right now, those might be fighting words.