Category «Team Breakdowns»

Ricky Rubio Is Here to (Sort Of) Save the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz are in the midst of a less-than-stellar offseason, one highlighted by several notable departures from their 51-win roster: sole All-star Gordon Hayward, starting point guard George Hill and avid outdoorsman Boris Diaw. In general, losing a player of Hayward’s caliber can be a death blow—but not always. Enter Ricky Rubio. Offensive Gains …

Dear NBA Coaches: Please Stop Running So Many Isolations

Isolation plays are the running game of the NBA: stale and ineffective. Only the unimaginative rely on the clear-out, mano-a-mano action. It’s a common play in gyms all across the world, but pickup basketball is where it should stay. I know, I know. Your best player brings the ball up the court and notices he has a …