What Happened To Fundamentals In The NBA?

Ian bContributor IJune 16, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - MAY 20:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs posts up Mehmet Okur #13 of the Utah Jazz in the third quarter of Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 20, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

I am a huge fan of the NBA. One thing that I'm really sick and tired of is players that aren't fundamentally sound (LeBron, D-wade, Josh Smith, etc.). What ever happened to being able to feel for the defender and spin away from him on a post up? (i.e. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, but shown by Yao Ming in this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS-6zf-xOYA)

What ever happened to pump faking a defender in the air and then spinning away for an open shot? (as shown by Kobe in this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l053a5oYxc&feature=related)

What ever happened to just moving your feet to play defense rather than sag and be lazy? (as seen by Kobe doing to LeBron here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS-6zf-xOYA).

This is just a small sample of things that are sorely lacking in the NBA today. Older folks would probably enjoy watching professional basketball more if they actually knew professional, fundamental moves. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are the only two players in the NBA that have mastered that aspect of the game, in my opinion.