Inside Out, Not Outside In

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 21, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — What does it take to win a NBA Championship?

Some sportswriters say you must have an excellent point guard handling the basketball at all-times. While others say you have to have a great center down in the low post rebounding, scoring and blocking shots.

If that is the case, the Orlando Magic should win the 2010 NBA Championship, right? Besides, they have Dwight Howard, who arguably, maybe the only and last true center left on the planet.

I personally wouldn’t describe Howard as a great center, but he is good. So far during the playoffs this year, the 6-foot-11 Howard is averaging 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

With that said, most coaches and NBA analyst agree with me, when I say in order to win, you must go “INSIDE-OUT” not “outside-in”.

But despite this simple coaching philosophy, I have seen several times throughout the playoffs, in the past and the present, where Howard has gone several possessions without touching the ball not one time in the paint.”

Shouldn’t Dwight get more touches and become more of an offensive threat down low?

Let’s not overlook the fact that, Howard’s low post game is still elementary at best even while being under the tutelage of legendary Hall of Famer player and now assistant coach Patrick Ewing.

But let me repeat myself, in order to win, you must work ‘INSIDE-OUT” not “outside-in.”

Despite this fact, correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t Orlando as a team attempted more 3-pointers than any other team in NBA history.

Unfortunately, you know the old saying, “you live by the three and you die by the three.”

And this could be Orlando’s Achilles heel as they try to overcome an 0-2 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

So, Coach Van Gundy, remember what I said, in order to win, you must go “INSIDE-OUT” not “outside-in.”