I've been playing basketball for over 20 years. I played college basketball for JMU. I can tell you one thing, a good defender watches the guy's hips, NOT his eyes. Eyes can be very decieving. A person can look left and dribble right to juke a defender. If a defender watches the hips, it is a sure way to keep track of the opponent's movements.
You're biography is all fine and dandy but are you going to really argue that in ALL of your 20 glorious years you've never had a steal off of a telegraphed pass? All, if any, of your steals were in a situation where the offensive player turned his hips to make a pass? By the, we are talking about passing the ball, not trying to penetrate the lane which is a completely different scenario. Basketball IS a game of deception when you think about it. Why would people try no look passes, behind the back passes and "jukes" in the first place? If your hips accuratelly told me your every move all game long, would the game be that much simpler for everyone?
I'm not knocking the basics of watching the hips, but your foolish to believe the eyes don't play a big role.