Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Friday, October 12, 2012

HoopsHype archive
All my HoopsHype columns between 2002 and 2011 are archived here. The columns of many other writers are there as well, so you'll have to scroll through the list. No need to scroll any lower than August 7, 2002, where you'll find my debut column on how to officiate Shaquille O'Neal. My sensible advice went largely unheeded, as dislodging has solidified itself as a legitimate "move" rather than an abomination. That, in turn, gave a cloak of legitimacy to flopping as a sort of guerrilla-warfare tactic to thwart dislodgers.

There's still way too much "might makes right" in the NBA. The game would be far better without it — and without all the weight-lifting coaches. A straight line is not a move, and it's high time that dislodging and resisting dislodging were written out of the job description for centers, or any other position, for that matter.

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