I’m from Indiana and I’m currently doing an informative essay on Indianas history with basketball. A lot of interesting insight but after reading everyone’s response, I think that you may argue that James was being a suck-up, but none of you have seem to find any information where James complimented another state or school (like Kansas). Now, I’ve stayed in Kansas City for a few months, and my take away from there was that no one really cared about basketball. So if you feel like you have a stake in the origins of Basketball, you don’t. I don’t think I’ve ever heard in my life that Kansas was anything significant in early process of developing basketball. I had never heard of Phog Allen until I read this post, and if we’re being real here, who is he compared to John Wooden? Like come on. Don’t lie to me. If you ever feel like watching a movie, dont forget to watch “Hoosiers”. Reply once you find a movie about Kansas. (Glory Road features Kansas as the championship opponent, but is inaccurate. The oilers played against a team from utah). Have fun dealing with the fact that nobody considers Kansas as a significant piece of basketball history.
You don’t do any favors to Indiana or its fans by posting something like this.
Fortunately, this community, which understands Kansas legacy in basketball, also appreciates Indiana’s legacy in basketball.
I also suspect that the larger community who appreciate and understand Indiana basketball will have an appropriate understanding and appreciation for Kansas basketball.
Keep researching and good luck on your high school essay.