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Subject: RE: Pat Riley and the Knicks style
One thing I have seen change in the NBA over the years is the emphasis on transition defense. When you go back to the 80s and 90s teams were getting out on fast breaks and getting a lot of easier baskets (which also leads to higher FG percentages). Now teams do a much better job of getting back defensively and taking away the break. The Knicks were one of the first teams to start doing this.
Of course, one thing that also has changed is a lot of bigs think they are point guards and bring the ball up themselves. All it takes is one dribble to completely kill a break. With the Showtime Lakers, for example, the rebounder would immediately turn and look for Magic and that was what got things going. If Kareem had ever decided he wanted to run the break himself (like a lot of guys think they can do unfortunately) it would have been a lot less Showtime.
I'm a Bulls fan and Joakim Noah does that all the time! How can you have guys like Derrick Rose and Luol Deng on your team and think that you should be bringing the ball up yourself? Ugh.
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