This quote comes from a streetball article that was recently in the NY Times. I think it pertains...
This quote comes from a streetball article that was recently in the NY Times. I think it pertains to Harrison Barnes' game, as he is an Ames, Iowa product who can shoot but lacks the skills to dribble and penetrate at an NBA level. It's interesting to see players of various backgrounds making it to the NBA and how the various skills and techniques that they learned growing up translate to basketball's highest level.
Anyways, here's the quote:
The city’s busy, congested courts have influenced the style of play that takes place on them. For instance, I haven’t run across many pure shooters, but I have encountered a lot of athletes with wicked ball-handling skills. My theory is that because the courts here are so packed with players, there is not enough time or space to practice jump shots.
That is why so many shooters, I suspect, are cornfed boys from the Midwest and prep schoolers from the suburbs: the country and sprawl quarantine them, and they have nothing to do but practice fundamentals by their lonesome.
In the city, amid swarms of young men and women, you practice ball handling, playing keep-away 21 — the one-on-everybody-else game.