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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:23 pm
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NBA players are too busy chasing little blonde chicks to even consider marrying some big black athletic woman. it's hard to have legacies in the NBA because of the strict height requirements of the league.

In other sports you see guys like Ken Griffey, Peyton Manning etc who carry on their father's legacies. you also see a lot of famous athletes who had athletic parents who played other sports. a lot of the russian tennis girls Sharapova or Anna Kournikova inherited athletic ability from their parents, although in a broad sense

broadly I think athletic ability is inherited. more importantly and more directly is the focused competitive attitude that is the prerequisite for anyone to compete on a professional level. those things are broad and can generally be passed from one generation of athletes to another

being freakishly tall, however, contrary to this article, isn't so directly passed. it's a fallacy to say tall parents will yield tall kids. take nutrition out of the equation and it's very variable how tall one's kids will be. jordan for example had many siblings and his brother is 5'8". tall parents have all genes, but it's genetic chance how big a specific offspring will be... the 6 inches or whatever of human genetic variation is enough to make someone very tall or very short.

I mean, it's true that it's dramatically more likely that if Yao had a brother or sister he'd be tall, more so than say your typical vietnamese kid, but there's a similarly good chance that he wouldn't be tall enough to play in the NBA

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:27 pm
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Well, Americans have always been fascinated with this 'super-athlete' breeding phenomenom. It started with the breeding of strong, tall and healthy Black slaves which in turn revolutionized the talent of athlets in this country. So it's here in this country that they have bred the best and have produced some of the best athleths in the world. Therefore, America, if you well, likes to consider anything that comes out of China, if it isn't normal then it has to be specially manufactured or scientically engineered. Why can't it be 2 tall people who happened to be brought together by a 3rd party and they fell in love then they in turn produced a very tall baby boy. WTF is so abnormal about that.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:06 pm
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Hasn't science already proved this theory wrong?

If your parents are great athletes, it increases your chances of being athletic; but it doesn't mean that you'll definitely be a professional athlete. Bibby, Griffey, Kobe, and Szczerbiak are just a few of the cases in which they inherited one or both of their parents athletic genes. However, some athletes have brothers and sisters who aren't athletic at all. There are also inherited psychological factors that pre-determine whether an athlete has the competitive drive to be a professional athlete. This is why professional teams hire sports psychologists and other experts to determine whether potential draft picks have the mentality to be stars. If an athlete is a type A personality, he/she has a much better chance of becoming an All-Star than a type B player. If the basketball player is over 7 feet tall, the psychological factors don't matter as much.

A poor child - who possesses a competitive drive, athletic ability, height, and a chip on his shoulder - is going to have a much better chance of playing professionally than the rich kid down the street. There will always be exceptions, but this will be the case the majority of the time.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:34 pm
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I appreciated some of the info from the article, but it's filled with typical perjorative and racist assumptions and generalizations. These opportunistic sensationalist see no shame in perpetuating ignorance toward Asians.

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