Good luck finding a sport that produces better athletes than basketball; that’s according to Saint Rita (Chicago) guard Charles Matthews, who’s thoroughly convinced that, when it comes to finding the ultimate athletes, there’s basketball and then there’s every other sport.
“You show elite athleticism on almost every play in basketball if you really think about it,” Matthews said. “I can’t even believe someone would argue for another sport.”
Here are more of Matthews’ arguments for hoops.
Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?
“This is a no-brainer. You’ve got to have the full package; gotta be strong, have jumping ability, be fast… Just everything and you’ve got to do it at a high level to be a good player.”
For people who disagree, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?
“Try dribbling two basketballs at the same time and have a tennis ball thrown at you at the same time. I doubt an athlete in any other sport can do that.”
What sport comes after basketball in producing the best athletes?
“Boxing. I’ve got a lot of respect for boxers because they’ve gotta be in top-notch shape.”
What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?
“I think it’s all of them, especially in this sport. The best athletes have a lot of those things and they do them really well.”
Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?
What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?
“I think being able to run full speed then gather yourself and just dunk on someone. That’s something I do. It’s really hard, but it’s a really athletic thing to do.”
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