Player Analysis

Hold heat and preach non-violence

If you’re not already, now is a good time to familiarize yourselves with our friends over at The Classical.

The Awl’s David Roth, who’s penned a few wonderful pieces for us over the years. Nathaniel Friedman, formerly of Free Darko and patron saint of esoteric hoop musings. Eric Freeman, half of Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie and two-thirds of the internet’s Gossip Girl references. And now, Ben Polk, guest starring with a thoughtful look at our own Ricky Rubio.

Much like Rubio, Ben weaves the wonderfully complex-fans undeniable attraction to both Rubio’s game and personality-into shockingly simple insights:

Great passes come just before, or just after, we expect; or they are delivered from an unconventional spot on the floor, or at an impossible angle, or travel some exotic trajectory (for example, through Dirk Nowitzki’s legs) en route to some unforeseen recipient. They can even, as with Ricky’s ridiculous lob to Anthony Randolph, do all of the above. Incredibly, for all of its exotic disruptions, a great pass, like a magic trick or a joke, usually ends with some dumbly obvious result: a dunk; an uncontested layup; a wide-open corner three. This is the real thrill: a great pass only reveals something that (we feel) should have been plainly before our eyes all along.

As enjoyable as any highlight so far this season.

I’ll stop wasting your time. Go check it out.


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0 thoughts on “Hold heat and preach non-violence

  1. As captivating as that little scene is, I would prefer in the future that you not put animated gifs next to the text of your posts. It’s super distracting and makes it hard to read the words.

  2. As effective as you may have considered your smug comment to be, you still have a bit to learn about winning friends and influencing people.

  3. Ouch. I honestly didn’t mean to be smug or sarcastic, although I see now how much it looks that way. I only meant to say “that’s a strangely captivating picture, but it’s pretty distracting when I try to read the adjacent text.”

    If I could, I would delete my comment above (as well as this one). Please feel free to do so yourself.

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