|"What if we forbid people to use their hands and they just kicked the ball? Nahhh, that would be a silly game."|
|Dr. Naismith and Dr. Allen together, an iconic photo in Kansas basketball history.|
|No, Dean was not born 60 years old. It just seems that way.|
|George Karl with hair will never not be amusing.|
|Old white men pick photos like these to make Boogie look bad.|
So that’s how Boogie Cousins is five steps from Dr. Naismith. Of course, plenty of other players coached by Karl are five steps from the inventor of the game, like Shawn Kemp, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Mullin, Anthony Mason and Gary Payton. But Boogie, clearly, is the most interesting link so far. Could something that Dr. Naismith taught Dr. Allen which then got instructed to Dean Smith who then handed it off to George Karl get passed on to Boogie? Think about that the next time you see a Kings huddle.
photos courtesy: kuathletics.com, kshs.org, dvdtalk.com, bigbluehistory.net, cbssports.com