Off the Dribble: The Knicks’ New Mantra: Take it Slow
If you’re like me, your knickers are in an absolute, Möebian twist waiting on the results of the election, chain smoking like a fiend and scouring the interwebs for exit polls.
Hopefully though, you’re a far saner, less obsessive human being than I and have not been treating this entire election cycle like a four month-long basketball game, where the “scores” come via polls and pundits and tea-leaf readings.
Assuming you’re in the former category, why don’t you leisurely pass the time by reading some scribbling of mine over at the Gray Lady. There I discuss how the Knicks are dead last in pace factor and how it’s contributed to their undefeated start.
By dramatically slowing the game down, combined with the efficiency they’ve displayed on offense, the Knicks are creating the equivalent of a ball-control, run-first football team. It evokes the seasons when the New York Jets were able to “win ugly” by ramming a procession of ballcarriers into the line time and time again, keeping the chains moving and the likes of Tom Brady on the sideline. When the Knicks build a lead, because they’re milking the clock, it also reduces the number of opportunities their opponents have to score, making it more difficult to mount a comeback and sustain a run that cuts into their lead.
The full article’s here.
But if you are like me, just calm the eff down and read about some goooooooood Knick basketball and/or, follow the sage advice in this prescriptive cartoon from the New Yorker:
And get a life. Jeez!
Hey, did you know that in addition to banging the keys here and occasionally for the NY Times, Robert is a playwright, an actor and a wand'ring mendicant/gadfly? He also once wrestled a bear...and lost.