Action and reaction.
Doesn’t that sum up just about everything in basketball….sports….life? Something happens, and there is a response. Those responses generate more responses, and so on. Whoever has the better collection of responses, the more informed, the most effective, wins, both metaphorically in life and literally on the court.
In hoops, in talking about one-on-one match-ups, the same is true, but we will make the argument that whoever creates more action has the advantage. Who makes their opponent react is in control.
We’ll take it one step further and say that it shouldn’t be an even match-up. Not at all. Players who develop their knowledge and skills on offense, and patience on the court, will always be in control. Younger players can usually make things happen by being aggressive on defense, but the pendulum eventually swings the other way and doesn’t come back when players know what to do with the ball.
Doubts? Watch Steph Curry or any great offensive player….and don’t just limit it to the NBA. Great offensive players know they can make it more often than not. Knowing they can be in control means they often are. The mindset is just as important as the skillset.