Sports Rags: Old-School NBA Basketball Reinvented
It's pretty interesting that not too long ago, most NBA fanatics, including yourself, would scoff at at the thought of a Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns ever getting to a title. They shot way too many threes and pretty much played zero D. Flash forward a few years forward and a few sports analytical advancements forward, that team seems like the archetypal formula to what wins games in 2015. A tweaked drive and kick scheme with 3-point shooters littered around the arc teamed with a dunker is the way to go now. Essentially it is NBA Street (shout out to Bobbito Garcia) in real life. If last season's San Antonio Spurs championship team didn't make it clear enough for you, the final four of this year's postseason is hammering it into your laaate skull. 2003 ain't coming back, buddy.
What used to constitute a winning squad is no longer the right equation. Fifteen years ago a team needed a dynamic back to the basket center, maybe a Shaq or Pat Ewing, to even sniff the finals. In 2015, very few back to the basket big men are dominant but they can still serve a purpose. The write up by Grantland's Zach Lowe, details what being a back to the basket big man means nowadays and why it is still a must-have.