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Looking at the retro Sports
Illustrated cover featuring All-American Doug McDermott from Larry Bird's
1977 S.I. cover, the similarities between
Doug and Larry Legend are as obvious as Mike D'Antoni getting fired next month
from Kobe...I mean the Lakers.
Aside from being prolific collegiate scorers, similar in
stature, with modest athleticism and playing for mid-major programs in the
mid-west, what other commonality makes this Sports
Illustrated recreation acclaimed?The fact that they both as white players, dominated in a sport
traditionally ruled by Black players and each led their respective teams single
handedly into the "Big Dance" before heading to the NBA.
But before we unfairly label McDermott as the next "Great
White Hope", be reminded of another copious scorer in Adam Morrison of Gonzaga
who was destined for that title. Morrison was also the nation's leading scorer
and college player-of -the -year from a mid-major school.
Although anointed as the second-coming of Bird, Morrison tapped out in the "Sweet 16", whereas Larry Legend carried his Indiana State Sycamores to the National
Championship game to see Magic.
similarities between McDermott and Bird extend beyond cover poses and points,
and Doug's routine of watching Bird's highlights before games inspires him to carry
Creighton to AT&T Stadium in a few weeks.
And beginning today, we will find out if McDermott is more
Bird than Morrison.