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Inside this Book – I was looking to do something different, something from the inside. In my twenty-five years at SI, which included two decades of following the NBA, I had covered everything from BASE jumping to the world championship of squash, but had never engaged in participatory journalism, unless you count having Shaquille O’Neal back his 350-pound ass into me to demonstrate how he doesn’t commit offensive fouls. Julie said she’d check with the authorities — general manager Bryan Colangelo and coach Mike D’Antoni — and get back to me. I homed in on the Suns for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was Fie. I had known her for two decades and considered her one of the best in the business, not to mention someone who might actually think it was an idea that would fly. I automatically crossed out a couple dozen or so other PR directors who would either dismiss it out of hand or worked for a head coach who would rather push a mule cart down Broadway while wearing a thong than open a window into the inner workings of his team. I also knew Colangelo and his father, Jerry, still the team’s CEO and president. I knew D’Antoni and his assistant coaches, though not all that well, from interviewing them for a story I had written about the Suns during the previous season.
Inside this book –Seven Seconds or Less PDF Book by Jack McCallum – Another thing that is generally believed — and always elucidated — is that fast-break teams like the Suns cannot go far in the playoffs. Tempo inevitably slows down, and that leaves transition teams playing an unfamiliar style. To the purveyors of that belief, which is a vast majority of NBA pundits, the fact that the Suns advanced all the way to the Western finals last season before losing to the San Antonio Spurs proves only that a fast-break team can’t make it to the Finals. Had the Suns made the championship round and lost to the Detroit Pistons, the axiom would’ve presumably changed to: A fast-break team can’t win it all. Hearing that premise is one of the few things that will turn Mike D’Antoni’s sunny disposition cloudy. (Another is a restaurant waiter mispronouncing bruschetta with a soft sound in the middle instead of the hard “K” sound, the way the Italians do it, “who, after all, only invented the damn thing.”) The coach does not dispute statistics that indicate, yes, scoring usually does go down in the postseason. Nor does he doubt that competitive intensity, which is associated more with defense than offense, goes up significantly, also. But he doesn’t see slow-down ball as inevitable. “Coaches hear it, start to believe it, then do it,” says D’Antoni, “and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. My point is, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not written in stone.
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