Watch With A Purpose

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 11, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The New York Knicks and other teams for that matter need to take a page out of the play of the two remaining combatants that are playing in the NBA Finals.

These two teams although arguably are the most historic, definitely the most winningest in terms of championships (between the two) are playing something that is seemingly becoming a lost art in the NBA.

They are playing defense and playing it to the fullest extent of the law. In fact these two teams take extreme pride in it and holding their opponents under 100 points is something of a goal to accomplish more times than not.

It’s one thing to want to run up and down the court and shoot a lot of jumpers, particularly as in the Knicks and Suns and even the Magic’s case, a lot of threes.

But if you cannot guard your man and when the tempo as if Playoff time is much slower, you have to have a major plan B and that plan should start with the letter, D.

Although scoring points is the somewhat sexy thing to do, stopping your opponent can be just as fun. Much like it is in football, when there’s a fourth and 1 and a team decides to go for the first down and is stopped dead in their track, that’s an exhilarating feeling, especially for the home team.

Defense wins, but it also changes momentum throughout the course of a game. And ‘yes’ fans do get involved.

On another note, it’s kind of amusing to see how this so called free agent class of the century or best ever class of free agents, ever are all sitting home and watching the Finals like the rest of the civilians of this earth.

Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, for as wondrous a talent as he is was knocked out in the first round.

Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks was swept out in the second round and the big fish of them all, LeBron James was taken out by a supposedly less talented and aging Boston Celtics team.