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I really liked the article too - about how statistics designed to notice and reward grandstanders render players like Battier invisible and about how the subtle ways he edges the odds in favor of his team result in greater success in the long run than more flamboyant single plays.


It was a good article, but I kept wondering "what's his race got to do with this?"


...and now that Kobe knows?

Chris The Cop

Yeah, that Michael Lewis - he just has that rare knack of making the arcane clear and interesting, but he's more than that. He simply makes you feel cooler now that you understand that stuff, whatever it is - the John Madden of writer's (that's meant as a compliment)


That's a great example of how unselfish play often doesn't get recognized. Players who inspire their teammates to play better and more cohesively don't always have the flashiest stats, either.

Ken Houghton

Anyone who watched Battier during his Duke days would read Lewis's article and be wondering why there are all these references to his being "a marginal NBA athlete."

He's the player, after Grant Hill, who most reminded me of Pete Rose: worked harder than anyone else on the team, and generally got the job done. Gotta wonder what the NBA execs and scouts were thinking; Duke was never Indiana.

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