Bill Belichick Can Save Basketball
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Who really knows what they do with footballs before a game?
And who cares?
But Bill Belichick is on to something with this deflated ball thing. He's just not applying it to the right sport.
For years, hoops has had a serious problem, and Bill Walton said it best:
All it is, is these little guys dribbling incessantly, aimlessly, without purpose, only to draw attention to themselves.
Please save us!
How often has the 1-4 baseline formation stifled any thought of creativity or teamwork as the shot and/or game clock ticks down? And how often does that result in a botch-up as the dribble-driver hopes to get bailed out by a whistle?
Who wants possessions and games to be settled that way?
Clemson coach Brad Brownell believes it as much an issue of trust as it is selfishness:
Basketball is more and more becoming a game of isolation, a ball-handler trying to beat his man off the dribble. Increasingly, a player who begins a possession with the ball finishes the possession with a shot.
If we want to see a solo show, we'll watch golf, tennis, bowling, or Aunt Emma playing solitaire.
This is where the hoops world misses Bobby Knight:
Now, wasn't that refreshing?
But the General isn't coming out of retirement. So, a true return to a total team game -- much more entertaining -- could be down to cagey ol' Bill.
Come on over to the hoop side, Coach, where your progressive methods will truly be appreciated.