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The Loridon - Howell case

In the season 1966-67 I heard about a discussion between the president and the coach of the Belgian champion Racing Mechelen.

Who has to start: center John Loridon, 6-9, or the American swingman Oliver Howell, only 6-2 but a strong rebounder and driver?

In fact, the Belgian Rome Olympian and National Team center Loridon was the back-up of Jim Fox 6-10 South Carolina ‘65, who later played ten seasons in the NBA. 
Let them play one against one”, was the answer of coach Guy Van den Broeck.
It was no brainteaser. You do not choose between a pure inside and a pure perimeter player. A matchup between Wilt and West, between Shaq and D. Wade.
Because the 1968-69 Lakers had Wilt Chamberlain at center, Tokyo Olympian Mel Counts became back-up. Because there was Jim Fox at center, Loridon became back-up.

Basketball is not a game of one against one, but of team against team. So in my mind, the simple team solution for the “one against one” was: play Howell with 4 teammates ABCD against Loridon with 4 other teammates EFGH for 20 minutes and then reversing the teammates, Howell with EFGH and Loridon with ABCD for another 20 minutes.
Loridon and Howell have in this matchup a separation period of 40 minutes playing against each other and both have the same help. The other players are divided in 2 groups of 4.
There is no separation time between them and without evaluation, there is no motivation.

Ideally you matchup Loridon against Fox, center against center or power forward against power forward etc.

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