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Tom Ziller vs. Malcolm Gladwell: Risk and Reward in the NBA

Published by on May 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA


There’s been a recent spate of interest in basketball and risk that seems to be confusing a fair number of people. 

Malcolm Gladwell, noted author of  books like Blink and The Tipping Point, wrote an article in the New Yorker recently arguing that underdogs need to use unconventional strategies to have a chance to win. 

In his article, Gladwell talks about the way in which a full-court press might be one of those strategies. 

Gladwell also engaged in a lively back-and-forth with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, in which he mentions the way in which the current NBA draft setup creates a “moral hazard”—in other words, there’s an incentive for lottery teams ...

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