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There Is A Difference

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I rag on NHL players a lot – and with good reason. Their boring nicknames roll off an assembly line, they’re far from the most worldly of individuals, and their union-maintaining abilities leave much to be desired.

But after witnessing the NBA’s orgy of egoism the last few weeks, I appreciate NHLers a little bit more than I used to.

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t going to be one of the thinly veiled bigoted rants that often get tossed at NBA players. I covered the Toronto Raptors for a bunch of years – during the Vince Carter Era, mostly – and I found, in many aspects, basketball players and hockey players share the same experiences: the shortened childhoods; the temptations that come when the exuberance of youth and large sums of money are locked in the same room together; the drive to provide for families that sacrificed in the hope their prodigal sons would prosper.

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Coastal Coyote's avatar

NBA players only seem to cry when they’re drafted to a place they don’t want to be (see Steve Francis and the dearly departed Vancouver Grizzlies); NHLers bawl when they get moved.”

I wonder whether the author has ever heard of Eric Lindros.

Posted by Coastal Coyote on 07/08/10 at 01:35 PM ET

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