Hey now, Flagg's got the potential to be the best Maine-born basketball player since... Cindy Blodgett? Broadening out to other team sports he's right up there with, uh, Roger Levesque?
Cooper Flagg putting on a show. Lebron and CP3 in attendance.
Great player, seems to have it all. But why do these highlight reels focus so much on dunks? Sure, he has long arms and can jump. That is not what is going to get him to the NBA. I just get so bored watching dunk after dunk.
That's today's NBA for you. Consider the large number of players nowadays who make it to the NBA on athleticism/leaping ability but can hardly shoot a lick.
As for Flagg, it's really cool to see a fellow Mainah playing so well. "Good basketball player" and "Maine" rarely go together, LOL.
That's royalty right there.
Cindy Blodgett is royalty, man. She had a legit cult following.
But, we don't have a lot. There are a few guys who played at Maine Central Institute (Caron Butler, Sam Cassell, Brad Miller, Cuttino Mobley), but they weren't Mainers. Then there are guys who were born here, but didn't stay long, like Duncan Robinson and, NHL-wise, Mike DiPietro.
I would guess that the pro athlete who the state has most embraced is Mike Bordick. He wasn't born here, but he went to high school and college in-state. The other contender who non-hardcore NASCAR fans might not recognize is Ricky Craven. Both are from Hampden, Maine, next door to Bangor. (Interesting that the Portland area hasn't produced many pro athletes.)